In 1983 Father Al was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding. The award is regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Asia.
In 2018, the Sisters of Mary were presented with the humanitarian award by the Korean Red Cross for the "sublime humanitarian works of averting and alleviating the suffering of mankind”. The Korean Red Cross is an affiliate of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The award reflects the work of the Sisters amongst the poorest children worldwide and was presented by the President of the Korean Red Cross: Mr. Kyeong-Seo Bak and Mrs Yoon Hee Kim, Vice-President of the Korean Red Cross.
Sister Maria and the Sisters of Mary receiving the Korean Red Cross Humanitarian Award, October 2018