Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil
I love the surprises God sends to our lives.
As she looks back on her years with her community, Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil says, "My strongest feeling is gratitude. My vocation enables me to use my God-given gifts serving the people of God."
Her background spans adult faith formation, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, campus ministry and teaching. She has master's degrees in Pastoral Studies and Religious Education. Today, Sister Jacqueline is the Toronto educational consultant to students in the Diploma Ministry Program offered by Nova Scotia's St. Francis Xavier University. She advises students in the Toronto area, offering individual and group support.
Discovering what the Lord wanted
She was raised in a Catholic milieu in Port of Spain, Trinidad, of French parents who instilled her with their religious values. At age 22, she arrived in Canada for a three-month stay to expand her horizons. The visit turned into residency while her spiritual quest continued. Through prayer, reflection, daily mass and the help of a Spiritual Director, she discerned her call to be a Sister of St. Joseph.
The surprises God sends
She credits many for the fact that her religious life is so enriching - her parents, her community, the Sisters and the many people who have come into her life through her ministry. "I love the surprises God sends to our lives."
She has worked in business offices, taught both elementary and high school, and served as a pastoral associate and an archdiocesan consultant. Many communities have benefited from her participation, including her parish.
"Sister Jacqui is very young at heart," says Father Michael Machacek, pastor of Newman Centre, "and she enjoys the opportunities she has to spend time with the students at the Centre, who benefit from her love for life and her faith."
Grateful for the opportunities her congregation has given her to use her own gifts, Sister Jacqueline today uses them to call forth the gifts in others through her ministry.