Diocesan seminarian Ryan Glenn, a member of St. Jude’s Parish in Mountain Top, began thinking about the priesthood as a teenager.
“My journey into seminary really began when I was in high school. I was very private initially but throughout college and graduate school I met with various priests to continue to discern: ‘Is this the possibility that God is calling me to priesthood?’” said Ryan.
When I was in graduate school, I met with Father Jerry (Shantillo), who was the assistant pastor at St. Jude’s, and we established the relationship together where I felt that I could trust him, that I could share what was on my heart, and he in turn was able to share with me some of the joys, and the struggles, and the realities of priestly ministry.”
Father Shantillo, now pastor at St. Matthew’s Parish, East Stroudsburg, serves as an assistant vocations director in the Diocese and finds this role very rewarding. “I help them in many ways but it really starts with understanding their struggles and trying to help them find God in their life. Where is God calling them to be?”
“My grandparents, mother and her siblings all came to the United States in 1961 from Cuba. They left their home and possessions to arrive here where they could practice their faith freely,” explained Ryan. “So for me, our Catholic faith has been a really important thing for my family and that dual dynamic of faith and family has been so important for my own discernment.”
Ryan is currently serving a yearlong pastoral assignment at St. Matthew’s Parish. He will be ordained to the transitional diaconate in 2017 and then to the priesthood in 2018.
“I look forward to serving as a shepherd of a parish as a priest in the Diocese of Scranton,” said Ryan.