|Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist|
Dressed in brown habits and black veils, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist at St. Thomas have become part of the fabric of the University since 1999. They joined the UST community at the invitation of the Rev. J. Michael Miller, CSB, then University president and now Archbishop of Vancouver. Today, four sisters reside in a convent on campus, living the model of religious life and contributing to the University community in different ways.
Sister Mary Roberta Connors, a member of the UST Board of Directors and pastoral care coordinator in UST Campus Ministry, is also a graphic artist with a background in fine art. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and runs Franciscan Graphics. In her spare time she paints in watercolor and mixed media.
Sister Damien Marie Savino has a doctorate in environmental engineering and is chair of Environmental Science and Studies. Formerly an environmental consultant in the field and laboratory, she often takes students into the field for planting projects. Sister Savino teaches classes that explore environmental issues from a moral perspective in light of the Catholic intellectual tradition, and she also teaches in the Catholic Studies Department. Recently, she helped lead a group of students to World Youth Day in Spain to see the pope.
Sister Veronica Schueler is an immigration attorney for Catholic Charities, who participates in campus events like Augustine Without Walls coffeehouse.
With headquarters in Meriden, Connecticut, the charism of the order is to bring people into relation with the Church through marriage and family counseling, education to the teachings of the Church and Catholic social services that support the dignity of every human life throughout all developmental stages.
The Franciscan Sisters are active in campus life. In addition to teaching classes, the sisters take students on study abroad, teach RCIA, host an art show, lead weekly Augustine Without Walls coffeehouse discussions and advise clubs like Celts for Life. Every Holy Week, the sisters host a three-day Tenebrae prayer service before dawn, in anticipation of Easter. In honor of their patron saint, they celebrate Transitus, a traditional Franciscan celebration on the eve of the Feast of St. Francis.