Maria Elena Sierra Sanchez
Rev. Maria Elena Sierra Sanchez has given life-long service to the young, the elderly, and poor and indigenous populations. She was a religious Sister with the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul from 1983-1996 when she left to assist her family. Her formal degrees (her Licentiate) are in Primary Education. She also has a recent advanced degree in educational computer technology. She has additional studies in working with youth, social services, and educational administration. She has done extensive mission work in the poorest communities, rural and urban. In 2007, she also was ordained as a priest in the Fraternidad Eucaristica de Jesus, a movement founded by former Salesian RC priests in the Apostolic Catholic tradition. She received theological training and religious formation from the founders of this Community who are accepted theologians and teachers in the progressive Catholic Community. She began her journey with RCWP in 2013 and was ordained a priest in 2017. She continues with her ministry in her community serving 40-50 community members and meeting regularly with groups for prayer services at their homes.
Rvda. Maria Elena Sierra Sanchez, RCWP has reflected much on our healing roles in the community of the faithful, praying with the elderly, the sick and the dying and those in need of reconciliation including the youth who are shot in the violent warfare in Colombia. She was blessed with the capacity to listen and to put herself in the shoes of others, no matter who they are or what kind of lives they led.
As a Head Teacher in a primary school, she is on the front lines in the violence experienced in her poor community. Her way is to live and teach love and peace. Her school is a haven. Beyond teaching she is accepted by the children and their parents as the Pastor they turn to at school and in their lives. As an ordained RCWP priest she serves her school community, her home community and several poor and indigenous communities in Cali, Colombia.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.