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Fr. Seamus of Jesus, OSA, Prim. was born in northeastern Pennsylvania and attended Sacred Heart grade and high school in Plains, PA. He earned my undergraduate degree in theology from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, and then did graduate work at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C., before transferring to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he was a seminarian at Moreau Seminary.

Fr. Seamus was ordained to the priesthood on September 27, 1975, in Washington, D. C., by the late William Cardinal Baum, S. T. D., the archbishop of Washington, D. C. Father served in the Archdiocese of Washington and in the Diocese of Scranton, working in parish ministry as well as serving as Chaplain at St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton, at the time a home for unwed mothers, an adoption agency and a home for the severely neurologically impaired.

In 1988 he entered the International Augustinian Novitiate and prepared for the foundation of our Monastery of Mother of the Good Shepherd. On October 13, 1989, he professed first vows as an Augustinian Monk of the Primitive Observance, and on August 17, 1996, professed solemn vows.

The Monastery was established first and foremost to live the original Augustinian monastic life as established by the community’s Holy Father, St. Augustine of Hippo, and secondly to pray for priests.

"For me, it is a great joy to be together with priests." -Pope Benedict XVI