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Fr. Shaun LaDuc
Fr. Shaun was born in Pontiac, MI and has spent a good portion of his life in Oakland County, MI. His father took him and his siblings on many hikes and camping trips while they were growing up, giving him a love for the outdoors and for the great state of Michigan. He was baptized in a Missouri Synod Lutheran church at two months old and became passionate about Jesus at a baptist church in his teens. He studied music and philosophy at Cornerstone University, located in Grand Rapids, MI. While at Cornerstone, he was reading Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism and was radically changed by Kuyper’s vision of Christianity. Kuyper simply said that, “All of life is religion”, and therefore had a claim on everything- from the little decisions that we make all the way up to the shaping of the commonwealth. There was no room for a sacred/secular divide. Everything was to be redeemed and renewed through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
The study of philosophy led Fr. Shaun to search for a church that was a community engaged with the world, one with deeper roots in tradition, and one that was bigger than just one church in one town. Through the discovery of The Book of Common Prayer and the work of a caring priest, Fr. Shaun found a home in Anglicanism.
It took Fr. Shaun a few extra years to graduate from college and several years to wrestle with a call to the priesthood, but with the help of a few good priests, a loving church, and strong friends and family members, he entered Bexley Hall Seminary in the fall of 2009. He graduated from seminary earning an M.Div in 2012. While at the seminary he met a lovely woman named Joanna. They were married in 2015.
Fr. Shaun was ordained a deacon on the feast day of Sts. Moore and Fisher, June 2013 and a priest on Ascension Day, 2015. He collects old radios, is a bee-keeper, and is ‘working’ on an old Subaru museum.
We rely on Fr. Shaun to watch over the souls in our parish. He is the priest and the vicar of Church of the Advent. You can email Father Shaun LaDuc at [email protected] or call him at 248-933-3747.