The author of the Along the Way stories and reflections is Deacon Richard Shewman. A native of Rochester, New
York, Deacon Shewman went to Micronesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1973. After completing his Peace Corps tour of duty
in 1975, he ended up staying in Micronesia for the next 23 years.
Richard Shewman was ordained a permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church in September 1984 and was incardinated in the
Diocese of Chalan Kanoa (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). At the time he was ordained, Deacon Shewman was employed
as Executive Director for the CNMI Criminal Justice Planning Agency. In 1988 he entered full time ministry with the Diocese
of Chalan Kanoa serving in various ministries.
Deacon Shewman has a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland, Ohio. His emphasis is in
spirituality. He has also earned a Master's degree in Behavior Science, a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology
and a Licentiate degree in Canon Law. He is employed currently by the Diocese of Erie as a canon lawyer and teaches graduate
students in pastoral ministry part-time as an adjunct professor of theology at Gannon University. He also exercises his diaconal
ministry at St. Luke's Parish in Erie.
Your questions, comments, suggestions or reflections are welcome. Deacon Shewman will respond to any inquiries to the
best of his ability.