One’s 50th birthday is a milestone for anyone. But Tensie Hernandez’s 50th birthday was not only a milestone for her, but for the L.A. Catholic Worker as well as our network of Sister House communities. In 1987 Tensie, at age 17, was our very first summer intern, and she has been with the movement ever since. For the past 21 years, Tensie along with her husband Dennis Apel have been at the Guadalupe Catholic Worker with their two children Rozella and Thomas.
On January 28, we gathered in Oakview, north of Los Angeles, at the home of Ched Myers and Elaine Enns, along with Sister communities from the S.F. Bay area for a surprise party and a joyful celebration. Congratulations, Tensie! (Tensie is second from left in photo on left. Photo on right is singing Happy Birthday.)