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Father Angelus Shaughnessy


Former Papua New Guinea missionary, long-time preacher, and life-long supporter of the Seraphic Mass Association, Father Angelus Shaughnessy, OFM Cap., passed away peacefully on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Father Angelus was the last of nine children born to John and Anna Shaughnessy.  He was born and raised in Rochester, PA, and attended St. Cecilia Church and School.  Father Angelus professed his first vows as a Capuchin friar in 1950 and was ordained a priest on June 4, 1955.

In his early years as a priest, Father Angelus served as the Director of the Secular Franciscan Order and directed retreats in the Pittsburgh area.  In October of 1966, Father Angelus volunteered to work as a missionary in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

From 1966 to 1978, Father Angelus was spiritual director and teacher at the newly erected St. Fidelis Seminary on the northern coast of the Madang Province.  In 1978, he was transferred to the Mendi Diocese in the Southern Highlands Province, and for the next two years did pastoral work among the people there.  During the course of his ministry in Papua New Guinea, Father Angelus with his friends and parishioners built eleven permanent churches and three bush churches.  While ministering to the needs of the people of PNG, Father was privileged to baptize 1,227 men, women, and children.

In the summer of 1980. Father was reassigned to Western Pennsylvania.  Under the auspices of St. Fidelis Retreat Center, he conducted many parish missions and renewals, preached and directed retreats, accepted parish help-outs, days of recollection and appointments for personal individual counseling.

From 2001 to 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.  He was a trusted friend to Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN.

In 2007 Father returned to Pittsburgh where he served as the National Executive Director of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers until the time of his death.  After circling the globe four times and traveling thousands of miles over barely navigable terrain, Father delighted in characterizing his present ministry as "the good life - a taste of the hundredfold here on earth".

Father Angelus was blessed with many devoted and helpful friends.  Father Angelus' interest in the spiritual life led many to seek him out for spiritual guidance.  He loved being in the company of his friends and family, who were always ready to attend to his needs.