Director of Hispanic Institute
D.Min. in Hispanic-Latino Theology and Ministry, Barry University
Maria Teresa Montes Lara, O.P., is the director of the Instituto Hispano. An indigenous Mexican woman from the Mixteca Alta culture in Oaxaca, she is a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of St. Thomas Aquinas (Tacoma Dominicans). She did her undergraduate work at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (Mexico City) in Pedagogy, with graduate studies in Psychology. After teaching elementary school in Oaxaca, she worked in parish Hispanic-Latino ministry for twenty years in the Archdiocese of Seattle and was also an instructor for SALT (Scripture and Leadership Training), a certification program for parish leaders through Seattle University. She has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, an M.Div. from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, and recently completed her doctorate, a D.Min. in Hispanic-Latino Theology and Ministry, at Barry University in Miami.