Newest Maryknoll priest has Glenwood roots

Categories: Around the Diocese

By Kateri Mancini
For The Visitor

“Strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim church on earth.” These words from the Eucharistic Prayer ask blessings on a church, a people, always on a journey.

Journey was a prevalent undertone recently in Ossining, N.Y., as Maryknoll celebrated the ordination of its newest priest, Father Shaun Crumb.

Father Crumb, whose home parish is Sacred Heart in Glenwood, was ordained to the priesthood May 30 at Our Lady of the Apostles Chapel at the Maryknoll Center by Bishop Peter Byrne of the Archdiocese of New York.

crumb

Maryknoll Father Shaun Crumb gives a blessing to Kateri Mancini and her husband, Mike Gallagher, following his ordination May 30 at the Maryknoll Center in Ossining, N.Y. Read more about Father Crumb, whose home parish is Sacred Heart in Glenwood. Photo courtesy of Kateri Mancini

The Mass was followed by Father Crumb offering his first blessings as a priest and Maryknoll’s sending ceremony, which included prayer and a mission reflection, along with Father Crumb receiving his mission cross.

A message of welcome also was shared by Maryknoll Father Brian Barons, regional superior for Asia, the area where Father Crumb will serve. He will begin his Maryknoll assignment in China, where his calling first started as a young college graduate.

Father Crumb’s parents, Randy and Judie Crumb, attended the ordination along with other family members, Father Michael Wolfbauer, pastor of Sacred Heart in Glenwood, and friends from as far away as Peru and Bolivia.

“Mr. and Mrs. Crumb, Shaun is a blessing to Maryknoll,” Maryknoll Father Raymond Finch said at the ordination. “You have helped him through the years by sharing your gifts of love, faith and home. He will take these gifts with him to the world.”

Father Crumb celebrated his first Mass May 31 at Maryknoll’s Chapel. During his homily, he reminded the congregation that, through baptism, we are all called to mission.

“Sometimes that takes us to places we didn’t think we’d go — New York, Bolivia, China,” he said. “Say ‘yes’ to these invitations.”
Father Crumb will spend the next few months visiting family and friends, including celebrating Mass at Sacred Heart before beginning his mission assignment in mid-August.

“Serving in mission and building God’s kingdom gives me a sense of fulfillment that is beyond words,” he said.

Father Crumb’s road to becoming missioner priest has been a journey in itself.

After graduating from St. John’s University in Collegeville in 2001, he spent a year in China volunteering with the Maryknoll Teachers Program, where, in many ways, his mission and Maryknoll journey began. After returning to the United States, he earned his master’s degree in pastoral ministry from St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary while working in campus ministry for the university.

He entered Maryknoll in 2008. His Maryknoll formation included studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, three years in Bolivia and parish ministry as a transitional deacon at Benedict the African Parish in Chicago.

Kateri Mancini is coordinator of mission education for the St. Cloud Mission Office.