Eleanor W. Sauers

Eleanor Sauers

Eleanor W. Sauers, GRE ’02, ’07

Eleanor W. Sauers, GRE ’02, ’07, holds both a master’s and doctorate degree in religious education and pastoral ministry from Fordham University, where she was inducted as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. The focus of her dissertation was on the ecclesiological implications of transitions in parish life in the United States, focusing in particular on the lived experience of the parish in which she worked.

Eleanor has published book reviews and commentary in Commonweal magazine and has participated in several panels at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She has also presented on various topics in both the Living Theology and the Catholic Studies series at Fairfield University, where she serves on the Catholic Studies Advisory Board and teaches a popular course in Christian spirituality offered by the Religious Studies Department.

Trained in spiritual direction through the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University, Eleanor has just been appointed as parish life coordinator at St. Anthony Parish in Fairfield, where she has served as the director of religious education and pastoral minister since 2002.

Prior to her work for the church, Eleanor was in the insurance business for 28 years, managing a local agency.

Eleanor is married with two children and three grandchildren.