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Martin Shanahan

Graduate

Martin Shanahan
"Christian theology is the end product of a divine human love story. It represents a human desire to respond and to reflect upon the God whom we know and love"

In 2006 there were a lot of transitions occurring in my life when I read an advert in our local newsletter about studying theology through distance learning at the Priory Institute. I made contact and I was accepted.

I decided to start with a single module due to my work schedule, and it suited me to continue to completion on graduation. Each module contained a vast knowledge of the subject, very informative, user friendly, and very supportive. I was now being more fulfilled and enjoying my new studies.

Christian theology is about people, their experience, and the understanding of a loving God. It is deeply personal as it explores challenges and transforms how we understand ourselves as people and how we relate to others, to the environment, and to God. Christian theology is the end product of a divine human love story. It represents a human desire to respond and to reflect upon the God whom we know and love.

In any experience that draws us out of ourselves, in appreciating beauty, in coming to understand a significant truth, in witnessing true goodness or in giving or receiving love, we experience the transcendental aspect of our being that is the path towards true meaning, purpose and fulfilment, it points us toward God.

Nothing is more practical than finding God, it decides;

What will get you out of bed in the morning
What you do with your evening
How you spend your weekends
What you read, who you know
What breaks your heart,
And what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything

My wife Mary died on the 4th August 2011, RIP. I was contemplating becoming a permanent deacon at the time and was now informed by the Diocesan Vocations Director that I could now become a priest due to the death of my wife and I accepted this role. I commenced my studies in Maynooth seminary and I will be ordained to the priesthood of the Killaloe Diocese on the 3rd June 2018. My studies have assisted in fast tracking my journey to the priesthood. I will conclude with Mary’s proverb; “If I had before me now those at school and beyond who have been a blessing in my life, they would be amazed to learn what passed over from their lives into mine”.

 

 

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