María Carmen Hernández Barrera was born on the 24 of November 1930 and died on the 19th of July 2016. She was a Spanish catechist and the co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way. Maria was born in Olvega (Soria, Castile and Leon). Carmen Hernandez obtained a degree in chemistry in Madrid. Also she obtained a degree in theology at the Missionaries of Christ Jesus. Carmen devoted herself to the poor and marginalized. She and Kiko Argüello, together with Fr. Mario Pezzi, formed the Neocatechumenal Way in 1964. She died on July 19, 2016 in Madrid at age 85.
Hernandez, along with Kiko Arguello and Fr. Mario Pezzi, made up the international team responsible for the ecclesial movement. This movement focuses on post-baptismal adult formation. It is estimated that the movement has about 1 million members, in about 40,000 parish-based communities around the world.
Over the last year and a half, Hernandez had suffered deteriorating health.
She was last seen publically March 18 at an audience that Pope Francis granted missionary families of the Neocatechumenal Way. Please Pray for her soul....