AUBURN — Starting in the 2021-22 academic year, two Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist will join the staff at Saint Dominic Academy as teachers while also overseeing and enhancing campus ministry on both the Auburn and Lewiston campuses.

Sister Christianna Hamman

Sister Christianna Hamman, FSE, and Sister Francesca Silver, FSE, will each bring extensive experience along with enthusiasm and excitement to work with Maine youth when they arrive in the summer to prepare for their new roles at the academy.

Sister Christianna is currently a mathematics teacher and campus minister at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon. She has also served as a Spanish teacher and campus minister at Rice Memorial High School in Burlington, Vermont; a religion and Spanish teacher at East Catholic High School in Manchester, Connecticut; and an eighth-grade classroom teacher at St. Peter/St. Francis School in Torrington, Connecticut.

She is proficient on the piano and organ and has a strong background in music, including as a music ministry leader at St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has also been a coordinator for summer enrichment programs at the Franciscan Life Center in Meriden, Connecticut. Sister Christianna holds a master’s degree in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and a bachelor’s degree in education with dual majors of mathematics and Spanish from Western Michigan University.

Sister Francesca Silver

Sister Francesca is currently a middle school Spanish and religion teacher at St. Bridget School in Cheshire, Connecticut. In addition to her classroom experience, for the last decade, Sister Francesca has been a program facilitator for Franciscan Land-Based Experiences, which facilitates and conducts day camps for children (ages 6 through 12) that introduce them to outdoor exploration, gardening, caring for animals and team building. She also spent five years as a teacher/naturalist at Great Smoky Mountains Institute in Townsend, Tennessee, where she provided environmental education experiences for children, teens and college students at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During her time in Tennessee, Sister Francesca created and directed a grant-funded Girls in Science Camp to encourage young girls’ interest in science. Sister Francesca holds a bachelor’s degree in outdoor education from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where she was named a National Merit Scholar.

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