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Jacqueline (Jackie) Mary Clarys

Deacon 2015

Priest 2016

For Jackie, a lifetime interest in spirituality/religion and her career in music together formed a natural entryway to the formal study of theology. Subsequently, through the nurture and support from members of her RCWP-led church community, the Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community of central Maryland, she was able to recognize her later-life call to ordained ministry. Born to a large, caring, and faithful Roman Catholic family where her spirituality was given its foundation, Jackie’s musical gifts were fostered early on by her parents, teachers, and through private piano lessons with the Benedictine Sisters (OSB). Her professional life in music has included a vocal performance career of nearly 25 years in the U.S. Army; teaching; and currently, music ministry for liturgies, weddings, funerals, and patriotic/veteran’s events. Jackie is a certified teacher of Godly Play, and serves as a Chaplain Intern through the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, Spiritual Care Department, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Music Education from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead; a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; and a Master of Arts in Theology from the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. She and her husband, Daniel M. Hopkins, make their home in Catonsville, Maryland, where their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren live nearby. Jackie can be reached at

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