About  Maria Hilda Pinon

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Maria Hilda Pinon is a native of South Texas.  Born in the border city of Laredo, she currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.  She is an author (The Willows of Corona and Candles in the Dark…poems to grieve, hope and love again: see below) a licensed psychotherapist, and has an educational background in nursing, spiritual direction, life coaching and psychology with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.  She currently conducts workshops and seminars, is adjunct faculty at the psychology department of the community college and keeps a private practice for counseling and spiritual direction.

She has an extensive involvement in community and church ministerial programs. The expansive work of over thirty-five years include, pastoral programs, religious education, jail ministry, medical mission work in Latin America, and local and national Catholic television production.  For ten years she produced, wrote and hosted the program of Prismas Culturaleson Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA), did live broadcast for the program series Building Community as well as the writing, hosting and production of the program entitled Caminando Mano a Mano. This Spanish language program series, for Hispanics and by Hispanics was broadcast on national television (EWTN) for three years. The focus of the series is building stronger relationships in love. Through a grant from the Bishops of Texas, this series was sent to all chaplaincy departments at all the federal prisons in the USA and all prisons/jails in Texas.  It was accompanied by a study guide for use in prison.

Traversing over 60 countries, including Antarctica, her love of travel and adventure has led her to many interesting and fascinating places.  She ventured on a hike wearing “flip flops” up the mountainside to walk and meditate on the Great Wall of China, went fishing on the Amazon for piranhas, rode horseback to get to a private area to contemplate the Monarch’s sanctuary in Mexico, joined safaris in Kenya and South Africa, climbed to Machu Picchu, explored Iguazú Falls and the rainforest, and breathed mindfully through the narrow, long crawl space into the Great Pyramid in Egypt, gratefully prayed at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and bathed in the miraculous waters of Lourdes, France. These are a few of the highlights of the experiences she deeply appreciates. Yet she finds just as much joy and awe in celebrating a sunset or full moon.    

Maria Hilda has three children, Adriana Cecilia, a graduate of Harvard and Columbia Law School who lives in New York City. Fernando David attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a Fine Arts graduate from the University of Texas, Austin. He resides in La Jolla, California. Veronica Lucia is a graduate of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and The University of London. Her residence is in London, England.

The Willows of Corona is her first novel published in 2012. (ISBN 978-1-4634-3450-2) Other publications include Candles in the Dark…Poems to grieve, hope and love again. (ISBN 978-1-4502-7937-6)

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