Sister Jacqueline Sanchez-Small, Novice

Sister Jacqueline began the novitiate on October 17, 2020. In her words, "When I first encountered this community as an intern with Sister Joan Chittister in the summer of 2015, I was a graduate student, working toward degrees in divinity and social work, hoping that these would prepare me for a life of seeking God and serving others. The sisters of this community showed me what such a life could look like: grounded, humble, simple, joyful, challenging, committed to peace and justice, interdependent, ancient, innovative …. After much discernment, I now feel drawn to deepen my relationship to this community, and to root my search for God more fully in the monastic life and practice . . ."

Originally from New Jersey, Jacqueline became an oblate in 2016. Not long after that she moved to Erie and has been working as a staff member of Monasteries of the Heart and Benetvision.