Sister Elena Hernandez

I was born in Mexico and entered religious life in Tulsa, OK in 1956. I focused on learning English and attended high school. Years later I earned my BS in secondary education from Northeastern University. Although I worked at various jobs over the years, my favorite ministry was serving as pastoral associate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hollis, OK, where I served the Spanish-speaking community. My work included teaching religious education, preparing children for the sacraments, counseling, reviving cultural rituals, being a Communion minister, and visiting the hospitalized and homebound.

I retired to Red Plains Monastery in 1993 and moved to the Mount in 2009. I brought my beloved parakeetos with me.

I celebrated my 100th birthday in 2020. After living 100 years my advice to others is “Listen to God speak to you and follow your heart.”