By Kelly Schaffer
Along with the new faces of friars and freshmen, Franciscan University of Steubenville welcomes many new religious sisters on campus this year.
“Franciscan is so very grace-filled,” said Sister Martin-Marie King, O.C.D., one of the many new sisters at the University.
King was born in Trinidad, but before coming here, she lived at the motherhouse of her order, the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Los Angeles, Calif. She said that her order originated in Mexico during the Cristero Revolution recently depicted in the feature film “For Greater Glory.”
She was sent to Franciscan on the orders of her superiors back in Los Angeles and she is taking one course in Canon Law with the Rev. Sean Sheridan this semester.
“It’s beautiful… it’s amazing–all the faith-filled people,” King said. “It’s wonderful to see so many young people at 6:30 a.m. mass… that’s just so wonderful to see. [And] everyone smiles as they go by,” she added with a grin.
“Please thank everyone for being so wonderful,” King said.
Sister M. Lucy Gantt, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, is also a new addition to Franciscan’s plethora of religious sisters.
Gantt was originally from Washington State before joining her order in Alton, Ill. Her reasons for coming to Franciscan were the opportunity to teach science, obedience to the wishes of her superiors and to “be immersed in the wonderful spiritual life of Franciscan.”
When speaking of how she ended up at Franciscan University, she placed great emphasis on God’s Divine Providence.
“The Holy Spirit led me here each step of the way,” she said. Gantt teaches science at Franciscan, but is also taking theology and philosophy courses.
“I am excited about being able to share the beauty of God’s creation with my chemistry and biology students while also having the chance to take classes of theology and philosophy,” Gantt said. “I feel so blessed to be here.”
Her opinion of the university is similar to King’s.
“I’m loving it,” said Gantt. “It’s wonderful. So many students are on fire with the faith.”
She enjoys getting to see insights into God’s love through the community at Franciscan.