Sister Maria was elected Superior General in 2011, succeeding Sister Michaela Kim as head of the congregation and charity programs. The latter had been appointed successor to Father Schwartz after his death in 1992.
The director of the congregation, Sr. Maria Cho, was born on 11 November 1956 in the town of Kwang-Ju in South Korea. Her civilian name is Duck-Lim Cho. It is in this great rebellious city of the South-West of the peninsula (at the center of the revolt against the military regime over thirty years ago), that she also went to school.
After completing the Kwang-ju Women's High School in 1975, she worked as a cashier at the Central Bank. Six years later, she entered the congregation. She was initially responsible for the kindergarten in Busan, and later placed in charge of the Boystown in Seoul.
In 1990, Father Al sent Sister Maria to Manila and entrusted her with responsibility for patients at the Q. I. Hospital. During the years that followed, she worked in the homes of Silang and Talisay. In 1999, she was given leadership of the finance department.
Before being elected Superior General, she was in charge of Biga's Girlstown with 3,400 girls.