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July 26th, 2008, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

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I have finally moved into my new home at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Topeka, KS. I have been assigned here as the Associate Pastor (Parochial Vicar in church law). I am also the Chaplain for Hayden High School here in Topeka as well as Chaplain to the Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. So, I’ve definitely got enough to keep my busy. Right now I’m just working on getting everything out of my boxes and into their new homes.

I haven’t done much with my blog since ordination as I’ve been very busy. Almost immediately after being ordained I returned to Mundelein Seminary in Chicago to finish an advanced degree. I graduated in May with a Master of Divinity degree in the “secular” system and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in the “ecclesiastical” system. I returned to complete a Licentiate in Sacred Theology which is kind of like a PhD “all but dissertation” (ABD). I took a couple classes and then had my final comprehensive exam before the board, which I passed. The only thing left now is to write my thesis. I did a lot of research while I was back at school, but now I need to find the time to write.

This next week I am headed to the National Training Center of the Boy Scouts to learn more about being a Scout Chaplain. The center is located at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico where I’ve been backpacking twice before. I haven’t really had much “down” time yet this summer, so this will be good. There will be lots of classes, but just to be out in the scenic beautiful of Philmont will be a refreshing change of pace. When I get back I intend to be more regular in updating my blog. Thanks to all who have made my first two months of priesthood so wonderful.

6 Responses to My New Home

  1. purplemunky04

    Hey Shawn, I was so totally stoked to hear that you were the new associate pastor at Most Pure Heart and the new Chaplain for Hayden. I just wish it had been one year earlier so I could see you more. I attend Christ the King Church but occasionally I pop by MPH so hopefully I’ll get to see you some, but I am heading off to K-State this fall, so I won’t be attending Mass here in Topeka much this year, but when I come home, I’ll try to come see you at MPH. I hope you like it here in Topeka. My Dad is actually leaving for Philmont tomorow night. Will you be at Base Camp the entire time? Maybe he’ll see you…that’d be crazy! Anyway– I hope you have a blast at Philmont (I’m totally jealous by the way!) and I wish you safe travels!!Victoria Saint George Trek 7-13

  2. maxiemom

    Glad to see you blogging again.  I hope you will post ordination pictures sometime when things slow down – but before your 25 anniversary of ordination!  Only kidding.  I will pray for you as you begin your new assignment.

  3. praytherosaryeveryday

    Just found your site.  I lived in KC for a few years, but grew up in southern MO, in Springfield.  God abundantly bless you, Fr. Shawn.

  4. mattysmama

    Hi Shawn — I go back and check Xanga every once in a while.  It’s a good site.  I’m sorry I never really got into writing on my site.  Maybe one day I’ll get on and recap the last 3 years.   I was just reading some of the posts on Matty’s site and it brought back so many memories.   Without saying very much, I’ll just say I still miss him so much and the month of September brings it all back.  Thank you for everything, especially your prayers.  My prayers are with you as you begin your ministry.  God Bless you.  Love, Pam

  5. Donna Ekart

    Hi Father Shawn!  I don’t know if you remember me, but I looked you up today, thinking of Matty on his birthday.  I’m so happy to see you’re ordained, and I know he is as well.  I’m sure Topeka will be greatly blessed by your ministry. 

  6. dmochamps

    Hi Shawn! Actually, I was looking on Internet for ideas about an announcement for my  priestly ordination in the Anglican Church in North America (Archbishop Robert Duncan). I was ordained in the Anglican Holy Orders last May as a Deacon, after having been a Reformed and then Baptist minister, with a Roman Catholic background (!) Apparently, you haven’t had a lot of time to update your blog! God bless you!Daniel Mochamps daniel@mochamps.com

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