Longtime religious educator to receive hero award

Sister Jacqueline Verville, a 70-year educator with the Sisters of the Holy Cross received a coveted hero award from the Granite State Organizing Project at a ceremony Saturday, June 8.

MANCHESTER – Sister Jacqueline Verville, a lifelong educator and inspirational leader, received one of the most prominent hero awards a local nonprofit annually gives out.

Sister Jacqueline, a sister of the Holy Cross for 70 years, received the 2019 Sister Dorothy Cormier Micah Memorial Award from the Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) at a ceremony on June 8.

Prior to her recent retirement due to illness, Sister Jacqueline had been working at the Holy Cross Family Learning Center that she founded in 2010.

“Sister Jacqueline truly embodied the motto ‘Liberation through Education’ with passion and life,” said Sarah Jane Knoy, executive director with the GSOP. “We are so pleased to be able to share her journey.”

Sister Jacqueline is one of eight to receive Micah Hero Awards at the annual dinner at the Holy Cross Manor at 357 Island Pond Road.

Knoy said the awards exemplify personal sacrifice that stems from the passage in the Bible’s Micah 6:8 that reads, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Other awardees include: Phoebe Stone of the Manchester Unitarian Universalist Church; Dan and Pattie Chouinard of Church of Our Savior in Milford; David Greiner of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Goffstown; Jennifer Morton of the Nashua Unitarian Universalist Church; Barbara Wildman from the Elmwood Gardens Community Council; Mohammad A. Saleh of Keene, and Robert “Bob” Malloy of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Manchester.