The entire Saint Ignatius Community is invited to the
Ash Wednesday Evening of Reflection
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
7 p.m. Mass
Saint Mary of the Assumption Chapel
Saint Ignatius High School
Please register below by 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 1.
There is no charge for this event.
Guest Speaker: Fr. Paul Shelton, S.J.
"Ash Wednesday Recollection: Entering the Season of Lent Through Story and Song"
Paul J. Shelton, SJ, 35, is a native of Columbus, Ohio, where he attended St. Mary German Village Catholic grammar school and St. Charles Preparatory High School. The Shelton family, headed by Sandy, a single mother, went through periods of financial hardship, but there were many blessings along the way as friends and neighbors were quick to lend a hand. Growing up, Shelton saw God at work in the people who helped the family through the hard times, and the fatherless boy began to consider a vocation to the priesthood because of the tremendous example and support of the priests in his parish.
At Marquette University in Milwaukee, Shelton studied history and classical languages and, importantly, met the Jesuits for the first time. He started attending daily Mass, was active in community service and traveled to Haiti, where, like St. Ignatius, he had a cannonball moment regarding his call to the priesthood, though Shelton’s was brought on by malaria and not an actual cannonball. After graduating from Marquette in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree, he entered the Society of Jesus. Following the novitiate, Shelton was missioned to Loyola University Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in social philosophy.
For his three-year regency assignment, he taught theology and Latin at Marquette University High School while also coaching cross-country and basketball and working with student government. Missioned next to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned both a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology while serving as a deacon at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Fr. Shelton has studied Spanish in Bolivia and worked as a priest in Mexico. Before coming to Ignatius, he served as the parochial vicar of St. Procopius Church, which serves a predominately Mexican-American congregation in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Here at Ignatius, Fr. Shelton teaches theology, coaches cross-country, and is the chaplain for the basketball team. On weekends, Fr. Shelton says Mass at La Sagrada Familia parish on Cleveland's west side.