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CUA Welcome SignThis past week I received the official bound version of my S.T.L. thesis in the mail. It feels quite nice to hold it in my hand and know that it is finished. I can’t make it back to Chicago for graduation, so I will celebrate with my high school seniors who graduate from Miege on the same day. People have asked what to call me now. I’ve been telling people to call me “done.” However, it appears that being done isn’t going to last very long.

While apparently there is no step increase in salary for a priest receiving an S.T.L., I did get a call from the Archbishop. He must have been impressed with my finished thesis because he has decided that he wants me to write another one!

I officially announced at the parish this weekend that the Archbishop has asked me to go back to school to get a degree in Canon Law. This fall I will begin three years of studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. to become a Canon Lawyer. The last weekend in June will be my last in my current assignment.

I’m not one that is good at moving around a lot, so please pray for me. Right now I am still trying to find a place to live in D.C. I love history and always love being in D.C. for the March for Life. Now I’ll have plenty of time for all those museums…unless I have homework…or it’s a school night.

5 Responses to New Assignment

  1. Gene Adams

    Congrats my friend, always proud of you and your accomplishments!

  2. Bernadette Myers

    Fr. Shawn,

    My brother is the Student Master at the Dominican House of Studies in D.C. across from Catholic U. His name is Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP. He could be very helpful to you. If you would like his e-mail, let me know.

    Congratulations! I have three children that have been through Miege so far and have one that will begin this fall and one waiting in the wings so to speak. I was really looking forward to having you there, but I see that you are needed somewhere else. You will be great at this!

    God Bless,
    Bernadette Myers

  3. Stephen Davidson

    Fr. Shawn… Will you remain the chaplain for the scouts?

  4. Eliza

    That is exciting news. You will be missed. Every homily you’ve given at Cure has taught me something that I needed to hear.

  5. Terry Sexton

    The reward for great work is…more work! Well done, Fr. Shawn. You are an amazing priest, and you are going to be an excellent canon lawyer!

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