Father Shawn is from Modesto, CA, and is the oldest of four children. During his college years he spent one year with the National Evangelization Teams (NET) traveling the USA giving retreats to students, while serving as team leader, and then two years working with St. Paul’s Outreach (SPO) in St. Paul, MN. In 1991, he joined the Legion of Christ in Cheshire, CT.
Fr. Shawn spent 5 years in Rome, Italy, where he received degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. On Christmas Eve, 2002, Fr. Shawn was ordained to the priesthood in Rome. For several years he was retreat director for Our Lady of Santa Clara retreat center in Cupertino, CA. In 2009, he was appointed as President of Southern Catholic College, in Dawsonville, GA. From 2011 – 2016 Fr. Shawn served as the National Chaplain for Lumen. He currently lives in Cumming, GA where he serves as Territorial Vicar for North America.