Santos Gloria Espinoza has been a lifelong, dedicated parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. She was born on April 22, 1943, in Socorro, Texas to her parents, Dario and Soledad Hernandez, who instilled in Gloria a deep faith in God and an appreciation for her community of Ysleta. The loves of her life are her late husband, Guadalupe Espinoza, Jr., their four daughters, +Monica, +Laura, Maria Isabel, and Gloria Guadalupe, and her granddaughter, Laura. Gloria’s educational experiences included Ysleta Elementary and Ysleta High School, as well as a Catholic upbringing that included strong participation in parish religious formation activities and dedicated involvement in numerous ministries, some of which Gloria continues to be a part of today.
Gloria has been an active member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Guadalupanas since 1986, serving as president for two terms, as well as Our Lady of Carmel Carmelitas since 2011, serving as president for one term. Both ministries promote and affirm the devotion to our Lady of Guadalupe, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, respectively. Mrs. Espinoza has attended daily morning mass for over 22 years, serving as sacristan and eucharistic minister throughout that time. In addition, she has served as a Eucharistic minister to homebound parishioners for over 20 years. From 1994-2004, Gloria was blessed to have the opportunity to work with the Catholic Diocese of El Paso as a runner, a position which allowed her to assist various diocesan offices and departments as necessary.
To the many that have been fortunate to personally know and serve with Gloria, her years of service to her parish, her diocese, and her community serve as an inspiration and a reminder of unwavering faith in God, and examples of selfless and tireless acts of Christian love.