Paul J. Shelton, SJ, 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 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. 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. 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. Ryan Duns, SJ
Fr. Ryan G. Duns, SJ, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He first encountered the Jesuits when he was 14 and was playing Irish music in a band with a Jesuit, but he came to know the Society more deeply at Saint Ignatius High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. and a master’s degree in religious studies at John Carroll University in Ohio. Ryan entered the Society of Jesus in 2004 and earned a Master of Theological Studies degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2015 and is currently living in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is writing a dissertation on the thought of the philosopher William Desmond. In addition to doctoral studies, Ryan is a professional Irish musician and plays throughout North America at Irish dancing competitions. He also teaches a course entitled "A Jesuit's Introduction to the Tin Whistle" via his YouTube channel.
This interview took place at the Salt + Light TV broadcast center in Toronto on May 31, 2017.
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