Sister Nelda Hernandez


Sr. Nelda Hernandez, SDS comes to the leadership team as Provincial Councilor after serving five years at St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield, Wis., as associate director of Adult & Family Ministry and Human Concerns.  She says responding to the call to religious life has been a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in listening for God’s voice.

Sr. Nelda professed perpetual vows eight years ago, after she had already raised a family, had a career, and owned a home. She says, “All in all, my life was fine and there was much for which to be grateful.” She describes her call to religious life as a “series,” first as a call to step away from her comfortable way of life; then, to see how she might grow through religious formation. Sr. Nelda brings to her new ministry her bachelor’s degree in music; bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English; Ph.D. coursework in counseling and student personnel services, as well as an associate’s degree in graphic design.