Getting to Know Your Quinceanera Tutor


Carmen Chávez-López

Carmen Chávez-LópezI was born in Lima, Peru in South America; and moved to the USA with my husband Rudy for work. I am an Elementary teacher and a professional translator. I also enjoy doing other activities for leisure like dancing, singing, hanging out with friends, and most of all traveling! My husband and I have traveled around a lot of this beautiful country!

Although we have no kids, we have been blessed with a happy marriage of more than 20 years. I love being part of Agapè Catholic Family Ministries! Working with the Quinceañeras is something I enjoy very much. In Peru, we celebrate los Quince Años as well but in a different way. I remember my dad asking me, “Carmencita, would you like a nice party for your Quinces or would you rather have a trip?” I bet you know what my answer was! ;) I treasure in my heart and mind the best memories of our family trip to Argentina that year!

My love for God, my husband, my family in Peru, and my friends (in this order of importance) is my number one value! I feel really blessed for having all of them in my life!

Myrna Castaneda

I am originally from Peru, and came to the US because of my husband’s job. I am the Spanish teacher for the elementary level at a Catholic school. My husband, Carlos, and I, have been married for almost 25 years. We have three amazing daughters, Carla, Brenda and Lucia, who are all in college.

To be 15 is really special for a girl and her family. I still remember my own Quinceañera, planning it with my mom and then my dad’s emotional words asking God’s blessing and guidance for me. Time passed and there I was, planning three Quince celebrations for my girls, and…one of them was double because we were blessed with twins

I am so happy to be part of this special moment in a young girl’s life.Martha Rivera

Martha Rivera

I am originally from Colombia, and came to the US to work on my Masters in Business Administration.
However, God had better plans for me, and I ended up taking a Masters in Pastoral Ministry and working in a retreat center for young people!

That's why now I'm doing God's business; I have been working within the Catholic Church in the area of Youth Ministry for more than ten years.

I love working with young people, and it's an honor for me to be part of this ministry with Quinceañeras since this is a very special opportunity for growth in their lives.

My husband Lee and I have been married for three years. We enjoy praying, traveling and exploring new places, espeically Churches!

It is wonderful to be part of Agape Catholic Ministries that reaches out to many places.


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