Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center-Maryknoll, NY
Sr. Maria Leonor F. Montiel, MM “LEN” was born in Romblon, Philippines and has been a Maryknoll Sister since 1994.
Assigned to Cambodia in 1997, Sister Len is fluent in the Khmer Language. Cambodia is a collaborative mission and intentional community of Maryknoll Sisters, Priests and Brothers, Lay Missioners, Affiliates and volunteers. It is part of what was the Maryknoll Mekong Mission (MMM), which became what is currently known as Maryknoll Asia South. From 2000-2002, Sister Len was a member of the Maryknoll Mekong Mission Coordinating Team and then a member of the Maryknoll Asia South Service Team from 2016-2018. In Cambodia, she initially worked with the Youth Resource Development Program as an Adviser, helping in their process of becoming a local NGO and in curriculum development. Then she started the Maryknoll Cambodia Anlong Kngan Community Development Project for the forcefully evicted urban poor informal settlers, including people living with HIV and AIDS, lived and worked in the community for three years.
Later, Sister Len served as Director of Seedling of Hope, HIV & AIDS Response of Maryknoll Cambodia from 2008 to its completion in 2018. Seedling of Hope helped people living with and affected by HIV & AIDS in poverty improved their quality of life and fulfill their basic human rights of health, education, livelihood and shelter. She also taught at the Department of Social Work, Royal University of Phnom Penh, and was on a founding board of directors for the Association of Social Workers in Cambodia. Sister Len was also involved with the Catholic Church Students Center in Phnom Penh, facilitating reflections and was a member of its board for years. During this time, she taught at the St Jean Marrie Vianney Catholic Seminary in Phnom Penh.
Sister Len holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington, USA and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Communications from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
Sister Len recently was serving as the Renewal Coordinator at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY, in 2021 she was elected to serve on the Congregational Leadership Team for the next six years.