Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. She is the chair and assistant professor of the UST Environmental Science and Studies Department. Along with Fr. Mike Buentello, she has been the brains and organizational power behind this trip to Spain. Sr. Damien Marie enjoys gardening, water activities, music, hiking, camping, religious pilgrimages and travel.
Sr. Damien Marie is the faculty sponsor for Celts for Life, the UST student-led prolife group on campus. She started a community garden project last year, uniting students, faculty and community members, while raising environmental consciousness on campus.
“The Camino de Santiago was the very first of the pilgrimage routes and is believed to be the route taken by King Alphonse II, the Chaste, in the beginning of the 9th century. He was an important monarch in promoting the worship of St. James in Compostela. We are walking a route that pilgrims have walked for over 11 centuries!
“The pilgrimage will be both physical and spiritual “exercise” for each one of us individually and as a group. It will be intense preparation for seeing our Holy Father in Madrid at World Youth Day.”