From 2007 to 2021, Schuster was pastor of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Woodinville, where he oversaw the Catholic parish’s project to fund a church building for an orphanage in Nyumbani Village in Kenya.
“There’s a lot of hope in that village,” Schuster told Northwest Catholic, the Seattle archdiocese’s newspaper, in 2020.
The parish raised $200,000 from more than 300 donors for the construction of Mary, Mother of Christ Church, which was completed in December 2019.
Schuster traveled to Kenya with a group of parishioners in January 2020 to meet the children and other members of the Nyumbani Village community, which the parish supports.
The priest also brought to Kenya rosaries made by members of the parish’s Rosary Makers group, which was inspired by a group called Our Lady’s Rosary Makers, which was highlighted on an EWTN program.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Schuster stayed busy sharing video messages on Instagram and reaching out to parishioners through phone calls, emails, and Zoom gatherings.
He told Northwest Catholic in June 2020 that he missed celebrating Mass in a full church during the lockdowns.
“I miss baptisms. I miss weddings. I miss the laughter and joy. What do I miss most about ordinary parish life? Ordinary parish life!” Schuster said at the time.