AFRICA/MOROCCO - Sister Maria Viader Alberich appointed National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies

Thursday, 14 March 2024

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On January 16, 2024, Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, appointed Sister Maria Viader Alberich, RJM. National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Morocco for five years.
Sister Maria Viader Alberich, Spanish, who comes from Spain, is 58 years old and has been a nun for 35 years. She holds a canonical licentiate in pedagogy/educational sciences from the University of Valencia, a master's degree in leadership for the development of ecclesial organizations from the Pontifical University of Comillas in Madrid and a master's degree in International Cooperation from the University of Sevilla. She has worked in various educational and pastoral areas, mainly in socio economically disadvantaged areas. From 2001 to 2011 she was the headmistress of a primary school in Equatorial Guinea, where she also set up a secondary school and worked in another school to promote women. She was Provincial Councilor of the African Delegation of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary for five years and President of the Association of Catholic Educational Centers of Equatorial Guinea (ACCEGE, 2007-2011). In 2011 she returned to Spain and took on various leadership roles in her religious institute. From 2014 to 2018 she was a Provincial Councilor responsible for the Formation and Teacher of the Religious sisters with temporary vows in the Spanish province and from 2018 to 2022 she was a Provincial Councilor and Treasurer of the same Province. In 2022, she was sent to the Archdiocese of Tangier, Morocco as Director of the Sacred Heart and Dar Tika Nursery, a facility for at-risk or abused girls. She is also a member of the Council for Economic Affairs and Delegate of the Missionary Societies of the Archdiocese of Tangier. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 14/3/2023)