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Instituto Hispano Staff

Teresa Montes Lara, O.P.

Sr. Teresa Montes Lara, O.P. is Director of El Instituto Hispano. You can contact Teresa at

An indigenous Mexican woman from the Mixteca Alta culture in Oaxaca, Teresa 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 Atónoma 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 Pacific University School of Theology and Ministry, and completed doctoral studies (D.Min. in Hispanic-Latino Theology and Ministry) at Barry University in Miami.

Silvana Arevalo

Silvana Arevalo is a current student at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in the Masters of Divinity Program.  She is the Program Assistant for Instituto Hispano. She can be reached at