Authority Persons

The Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist is governed by a major superior called the Mother General. The current Mother General is Mother Miriam Seiferman, FSE who was elected in July of 2017. She succeeds Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE who served as Mother General from 2005 to 2017. Mother Rosemae Pender, FSE, Mother Foundress, had served as the major superior since the founding of the Community in 1973 until the election of Mother Shaun in 2005.  A Vicar General assists the Mother General. Mother Barbara Johnson, FSE is the current Vicar General. A General Council comprises four Councilors and the Vicar General to help the Mother General in governing the Congregation.

Every six years, the Community holds a General Chapter to elect the major superior and the General Council. Each house of the Community has a Superior appointed by the Mother General and the Council.

The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist believe that the role of authority, given by God, through the Church, is to hold the Community into its charism and mission for the Church, to center the Community in its growth and to be authors of life for each member and each situation faced by the Congregation.

FSE Council

The closing procession for the Chapter of Elections in July 2017 was led by Sister Jacinta Coscia, cross bearer, Mother Miriam Seiferman, Mother General, Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother Co-foundress and former Mother General, Mother Barbara Johnson, Vicar General, and Council members Sister Mary Richards, Sister Suzanne Gross, Sister Clare Hunter and Sister Raffaella Petrini.