It was 4+ years ago that Richard White said “yes” to serving as the Regional Coordinator of Lucis Via Charleston. Under his faith-filled leadership, Charleston’s young adults have grown a community transitioning from the “Cathedral Young Adults” and offering weekly Bible Studies and monthly socials while also being committed to serving the community! On St. Patrick’s Day 2015, Richard officially completed his tenure with the gratitude of the Diocese of Charleston to spend more time with his family!
The new Co-Regional Coordinators are a well-known and dynamic duo – Sarah Allen and Sarah Viancourt! Learn more about them here:
– Sarah Viancourt is an Ohio born, raised, and educated transplant to Charleston serving as Director of Faith Formation with Saint Clare of Assisi (located on Daniel Island and affectionately referred to by her Pastor as “the newest Catholic Church in the country!”). Sarah is the oldest of two rugby-playing brothers (read: don’t mess with Sarah) and a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville where she studied Catechetics. Prior to moving to Charleston, she served in parishes in Seneca, SC and Paris, TN. Sarah is passionate about travel (including international trips to Europe), running, kayaking, beaches, mountains, dancing, and finding unique restaurants and breweries. As a competitive athlete and teammate in basketball and cross country programs, Sarah hopes to return soon to coaching. Among her favorite saints and quotes is this one from St. Catherine of Siena – “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”
– The youngest of three, Sarah Allen is a native Charlestonian “boomerang” who grew up on Johns Island (grade school at Nativity Catholic & highschool at Ashley Hall), attended college in Boston (Olin College of Engineering), and returned home in 2011 after working for a year as a middle school Science Teacher. Her love of all things math and science reflects the influence of her Dad, a hard-working entrepreneur, who passed away when Sarah was in college (joining Sarah’s middle brother in heaven). On a sunny day, you might find Sarah taking a lunch break (from her job as a Business Analyst for Modus21) on the Shem Creek pier or at her Mom and step-dad’s “farm” in Santee where she enjoys fishing and rocking on the front porch swing. Her evenings range in activities from Cursillo meetings, teaching karate (studying since age 7), taking boxing lessons, cycling, rucking (walking with a weight on your back, aka ‘urban hiking’), and more. A convert to Catholicism (2010), Sarah fell in love with the faith through the influence of her friends in college. She speaks with gusto about the power of the Eucharist and how strongly she feels Christ each time she consumes it: “Sometimes it is as if my heart will explode!” Because of this connection to the Eucharist, Sarah is often at daily Mass and Adoration, where she feels the most connected with Christ. Her patron saint is St. Catherine of Alexandria and one of her favorite quotes is, “We are in this world, not of it.” Her lofty dream goal is to write a science book for Catholic middle schools that incorporates the Catholic faith with science, to show the students that faith and science are not separate, but both searching for the same answers.