STEUBENVILLE, OH—Ismael Hernandez, founder of the Freedom and Virtue Institute, will give a talk titled “From Communist Revolutionary to Committed Catholic: My Journey of Faith” at Franciscan University of Steubenville on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the International Room of the J.C. Williams Center.
Hernandez grew up in Puerto Rico with his staunchly socialist father and his stern, yet loving mother. As a child, Hernandez’s father instilled in him a deep resentment for America and what he saw as its imperialistic policies.
Despite the negative effects that socialism had on his family, Hernandez reminisces: “There was something intoxicating and alluring about my father’s conviction.”
While he attended Mass and was active in a Catholic youth group, Hernandez became deeply enmeshed in the Communist worldview and was driven by the desire to destroy America and capitalism.
Eventually, Hernandez came to America where every pre-conceived notion that he had of the country was shattered. When presented with the dreams and opportunities that embody the spirit of America, Hernandez rejected his former Communist worldview and immersed himself more deeply in his Catholic faith. He formed a new vision of society based on self-reliance, individual freedom, and a rejection of dependency and entitlement. These experiences led Hernandez to found the Freedom and Virtue Institute, based in Fort Myers, Florida, which gives people the opportunity to live out the principles of a free and virtuous society.
Hernandez’s talk is sponsored by the Franciscan University Center for Leadership. It is free and open to the public.