For Deacon Shayne Duvall, the path to priesthood was not a
direct one from point A to point B.
It started out in a way familiar to many priests: being an altar
server as a grade school student in his home parish. For Shayne,
that was St. Lawrence Parish in Louisville, KY, where Fr. Bob
Stuempel was pastor. In fact, Fr. Bob was the first to plant the
seeds of priesthood. "I believe he and the great people of St.
Lawrence Parish were God's instruments in fostering a vocation in
me," Shayne says.
After high school, he earned a degree in justice administration
from the University of Louisville and worked in the university's
Sports Information Office and as a varsity high school basketball
"After college, I worked as a counselor/case manager for a local
community correctional facility called Dismas Charities. I was
discerning priesthood seriously during this time and felt a call to
return to my alma mater, Holy Cross High School, to teach sophomore
and senior theology. The next school year I entered seminary
He came to Saint Meinrad in 2009 to begin priesthood studies for
the Archdiocese of Louisville. But after a few years, Shayne took a
step back and returned to Louisville to discern his vocation
He used that time to work for the archdiocese as the coordinator
of evangelization. He also worked as the public address announcer
for the local AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, the Louisville
Bats. And he taught theology at his former high school. By the
winter of 2012, he was on his way back to Saint Meinrad.
"The trust Fr. Denis [Robinson, OSB] and the formation staff had
in me meant the world to me, because they knew I had to mature and
ﬁgure out what God was calling me to do on my own. I did that, and
nothing brought me greater joy than coming back to the Hill,
happier and more conﬁdent that God is calling me to be a priest,"
"Being at Saint Meinrad has changed my life in a lot of ways. My
spiritual life and my prayer life have deepened and strengthened.
My awareness of self has grown and matured because of the great
opportunities we have, such as spiritual direction and
Now in his final year of studies as a deacon, Shayne is looking
ahead to his ordination next spring. He especially looks forward to
preaching and teaching - two areas he believes are most important
to his ministry.
"I love working with the youth and young adults, both in the
classroom and in the parish setting. I spent some time teaching
high school theology and working in campus ministry, and it was an
honor to help the youth and young adults discover their gifts and
help them to discern their vocation in life."
"I think I have been given the gifts to be with people, no
matter what paths they have taken in their lives, and to love them
no matter what," he explains. "What better way to love and serve
God than by loving and serving the people?"