Sister Sharon Euart
Sister Sharon Euart
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Mercy Sister Sharon Euart, a former associate general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been named executive director of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, based in Silver Spring.

The national organization provides financial and legal resources, both civil and canonical, for Catholic religious institutes and societies.

Sister Euart, who is a canon lawyer, began her new job April 1. She had served as executive coordinator of the Canon Law Society of America since 2008.

She succeeds Benedictine Father Daniel Ward, the first executive director of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, which was founded by the merger of the National Association of Treasurers of Religious Institutes and the Legal Resource Center for Religious. The center was established in 2009 and has 499 member institutes.

Sister Euart had been on the center's board of directors. She also has served on the board of directors of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate and the board of trustees of Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

She also is a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, a member of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, and past president of the Canon Law Society of America.

"As a canonist she knows the intricacies of church law. As a member of a religious institute she knows the importance of the work of priests, brothers and sisters in religious communities today," said Crosier Father Thomas Carkhuff, head of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes' board of directors, in a statement announcing Sister Euart's hiring. "We look forward to her new leadership."

He thanked Father Ward, a civil lawyer and canon lawyer, for his years of service, describing him as "a person deeply committed to values of religious life (who) brought energy and insight" to the organization when it was new and "set it on solid footing."