World Youth Day, Rome Italy, 2000

“It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” —Pope St. John Paul II, World Youth Day, August 19, 2000

This is one of my favorite quotes from Pope St. John Paul II and I think it sums up my faith journey thus far. I have had a desire since high school to bring the truths of Theology of the Body to as many people as possible and this is why I am so excited to join the team at Ruah Woods Press. I learned about Theology of the Body in a high school theology class and ever since, I have wanted to learn more and be able to present these topics on a larger scale. I went to Franciscan University of Steubenville, where I received my degree in Theology. While there, I founded the Theology of the Body Household, Corpus Christi, which is still active on campus. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Donald Asci who became my thesis advisor and helped me crack open the depths of John Paul II’s teachings.

Diocese of Baker, Redmond, OR

While in college, I worked as a missionary of purity, teaching chastity to teens in both Catholic and public schools. I was able to attend courses at the Theology of the Body Institute, which helped shape my vision for presenting TOB. After college, I worked as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Baker in Oregon. During my time there, I led many young adult retreats and classes that were based on the Theology of the Body. After a brief stint in seminary, I began working in parish life and with Diocesan, a Catholic Communications Company.

My life and work experiences have all prepared me for this exciting opportunity with Ruah Woods Press. I genuinely feel God’s hand in it all. If you know me well, you would say this new position is custom fit for me and my acquired knowledge and skills. As the quote above states, Jesus has definitely put a desire in my heart, he has certainly helped guide my will, and now he has most aptly gifted me with the courage to say yes and hopefully make the world a little more human, a little more fraternal.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without my wife of 2 1/2 years, Nathalie. I give thanks to my bride, because her willingness to follow God, as well as her love for me, has made this move possible. As we pray God blesses us with children in the near future, our small family currently includes our two little dogs, Gizmo and Peanut. Additionally, Natahlie can be found teaching special education in Catholic schools while in my spare time I love to cook and perform magic shows for area schools.

 

As the new Content Production Specialist at Ruah Woods Press, I am hoping to use my experience and passion to enlighten as many unique and unrepeatable people as possible with the beauty, truth and goodness of the Theology of the Body. I am so excited to be a part of this team and this ministry. Please pray for my family, this new endeavor and especially for the means to significantly grow the outreach of Ruah Woods Press.

Written by, Tommy Shultz,
Content Production Specialist at Ruah Woods Press