We live with our children on a family homestead with a big name: The Blessed Jägerstätter Farm in the City and Saints Benedict & Scholastica Agronomic Homeschool in South Bend. We met and were married while teaching theology, music, science, and mathematics at Red Cloud Indian School, a Jesuit high school on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where we lived for several years.
Shawn is director of the Catholic Peace Fellowship, an organization he has been involved with since 2001, and is the ecumenical and interreligious officer for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
Stephanie is a catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at Saint Matthew’s, where she coordinates a community educational garden for the parish and neighborhood. She holds civil and environmental engineering degrees from Villanova and the University of Notre Dame.
Together we direct a co-operative grocery store called Common Goods, and a program at our parish on living the vision of “Laudato Si’.” We try to live by the words of Peter Maurin, “The future will be different if we make the present different,” and look forward to accompanying those whom God is calling to become Saints & Scholars.