Sister Mary Louise Hernandez, OSB was born in San Antonio, Texas. There were only three children in her immediate family, but in her extended Flores family there were a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, and various other relatives. This large, extended family was like its own community, which helped Sister Mary Lou to easily relate to community life with the Sisters.
Sister started her career in bookkeeping at the very young age of 9 when she kept a simple set of books at her aunt’s grocery store. She had various jobs after graduating from high school and was married and lived in San Diego briefly. Sister Mary Lou and her son, Richard, lived in San Antonio and Richard was taught by the Benedictine Sisters at Sacred Heart School, where Sister got to know the Benedictines.
Sister Mary Lou has been a Benedictine Sister since 1977. As one of our nonagenarians, she professes joy and compassion, and she helpful to all. Sister has served in many ministries including: Bookkeeping, Maintaining the Archives, and Revenue Sharing. She has always loved children and has cared for many. She especially enjoyed her time with the children with special needs at Children’s Inn, which was located on the grounds of the Benedictine Sisters.