WASHINGTON — Mercy Sister Sharon Euart has been named executive coordinator of the Canon law Society of America. The first woman in the position, she succeeds Franciscan Father Arthur Espelage, who has held the office since 1999. Father Paul D. Counce, president of the Canon law Society, made the announcement on behalf of the society’s Board of Governors. Sister Euart will assume the position August 1.
Sister Euart has been a member of the Society since 1984 and served as its President in 2004-2005. In addition to serving as President of the Society, she has served as a consultor on the Board of Governors from 1995-1997, a member of the Special Task Force that drafted the Guide to the Implementation of the U.S. Bishops Essential Norms for Diocesans/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by priests or Deacons, the Committee on the Canonical Aspects of the Sexual Abuse of Minors, and the Publications Task Force. She is currently chair of the Future Initiatives Project. Sister Euart has given major addresses and seminar presentations at the national and regional meetings of the Society.
Sister Euart holds a doctorate in canon law from The Catholic University of America and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University. A former USCCB associate general secretary, she currently serves as a canon law consultant and visiting Instructor in the School of Canon Law at Catholic University.
Sister Euart also serves as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on
Canonical Affairs and the Work Group on Apostolos suos, the Vatican
document by Pope John Paul II on the theological and juridical nature
of Episcopal conferences.
She is vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) and a member of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative.
The executive coordinator is the chief administrative officer of the Canon Law Society of America, which provide services to the Board of Governors and the Society’s more than 1,500 members. Sister Euart is the eighth person to hold this office.
In announcing her appointment, Father Counce praised Sister Euart’s experience. “We are very pleased that Sister Sharon has accepted our invitation to serve the Society in this important role. She brings almost 30 years of ministry in church administration, along with a knowledge and experience of the Church in the United States that will serve the Society well and assist us in carrying out our mission to the Church and its canonical ministry.” Sister Euart entered the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Baltimore in 1966.