|Instructor of Systematic Theology
sgould [at] stmarys.edu
Fr. Shawn Gould was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2010. He first served at St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago, where he was heavily involved with the parish’s large young adult population and adult faith formation. In 2014 he earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, with an emphasis in Christology, from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. From 2015 to 2018, Fr. Gould served as pastor of St. Bede Parish in Ingleside, Illinois, where, among other activities, he worked with the parish to strengthen the church and school finances and improve the physical plant, engaged in liturgical and theological formation, and piloted the parish through the Archdiocesan “Renew My Church” reorganization process.
Originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, Fr. Gould was baptized in the Reformed Church of America and raised in the Presbyterian Church (USA). After a period of agnosticism/atheism in high school, he returned to Christianity during college and was received into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2003. Some of his story may be heard here: https://youtu.be/hf8Sk0OEm-g. Fr. Gould practiced law for four years in large firms in both Milwaukee and Chicago prior to beginning formation at Mundelein Seminary. He has an abiding interest in the areas of theology that were helpful in his own conversion, including Christology, the Doctrine of God, the operation of grace, and the credibility of supernatural revelation.
Selected Courses Taught
- Liturgical Theology
- Pastoral Ministry in an Ecumenical and Interreligious Environment
- Introduction to Scripture
Service to the Church
- Weekend celebrant, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Baltimore (Archdiocese of Baltimore), 2019-present
- Pastor, St. Bede Parish, Ingleside, Illinois (Archdiocese of Chicago), 2015-2018
- Associate Pastor, St. Alphonsus Parish, Chicago, Illinois (Archdiocese of Chicago), 2010-2015
- Retreats and days of reflection
https://youtu.be/hf8Sk0OEm-g (Fr. Gould’s story)
A Favorite Quotation
The Renaissance marks the opening of an era in which man will profess to be satisfied with the state of fallen nature. — Etienne Gilson, The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy