Shaughnessy2.jpg (9299 bytes)Who is Father Angelus M. Shaughnessy, Order of Friars Minor Capuchin?

Matthew Edmund Shaughnessy, fourth son and ninth child of John and Anna Shaughnessy, was born on November 16, 1929 in Rochester, Pa. He was baptized on November 24, 1929 at St. Cecelia's Church in Rochester. For eight years he attended school there under the guidance of the Sisters of Divine Providence and graduated in 1943. Upon graduation, he entered St. Fidelis College and Seminary in Herman, Pa. which was staffed by the Capuchin-Franciscan Friars of the St. Augustine Province where he earned a Bachelorís Degree in Liberal Arts.

A talented and capable athlete in his youth, Father Angelus turned down an offer to play professional baseball as a left- handed pitcher for the Cleveland Indians to enter the Capuchin Novitiate in Cumberland, Maryland. On July 14, 1953, Father solemnly professed his perpetual vows as a Capuchin Friar.
Fatherís theological studies took him to Capuchin College in Washington, DC for four years where he received a Masterís Degree in Religious Education. On June 4, 1955, Father Angelus was ordained to the priesthood at the hands of Bishop John McNamara in the crypt of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

From 1956 until 1966, Father Angelus served as the Director of the Secular Franciscan Order (S.F.O. ) at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. During that same period, he was Commissary Provincial for the St. Augustine Province. He also assisted Rev. Urban Adelman, O.F.M. Cap., who was the retreat master at St. Francis Retreat House in Pittsburgh.
In October of 1966, Father Angelus volunteered to work as a missionary in Papua New Guinea (P.N.G.) where he was spiritual director and teacher in the Pontifical Seminary of Madang for eleven years.

For three years, Father Angelus did pastoral work in the Mendi Diocese of the Southern Highlands. As a major part of his parochial ministry, Father and his parishioners built eleven permanent churches and three bush churches.
While ministering to the needs of the people of P.N.G., Father was privileged to baptize 1,227 men, women, and children. It was there also that Father's fondness for swimming led to his mastery of walking in deep water for any distance - an unmatched record that was submitted to the Guinness Book of Records in London.

Results of his physical examination revealed that his cardiogram was unsatisfactory and in the summer of 1980, Father was reassigned to Western Pennsylvania. Under the auspices of St. Fidelis Retreat Center, he maintained a rigorous schedule of parish mission and renewals, preached and directed retreats, accepted parish help-outs, days of recollection and appointments for personal individual counseling. He continued this work for nine years out of St. Mary's Friary, Export, PA and four years with St. Paulinus Church in Clairton, PA.

From 2001 - 2007, Father Angelus was stationed at EWTN in Birmingham, Alabama. There he served as Minister General to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Father Angelus was happy to be a part of the apostolate of the Eternal Word Television Network where he was able to preach to 128 million households throughout the world.
At the present time, Father is the National Executive Director of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers, 220 37th Street, Pittsburgh, PA.,15201.

After circling the globe four times and traveling thousands of miles over barely navigable terrain, Father delights in characterizing his present ministry as " the good life - a taste of the hundredfold here on earth".


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