Coordinator of Programs and Activities at Mt. Irenaeus Named

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ALLEGANY, N.Y. – Mt. Irenaeus has appointed Tim Shaffer as coordinator of programs and activities.

“Through an endowment raised over the past four years, and with the great gratitude of our benefactors, we are able to bring Tim in as an essential part of fulfilling our mission with Bona’s,” said Daniel Riley. “Tim is an especially bright and engaging young man who brings his love of St. Bonaventure and our tradition to the growing practice here of reflective and experiential learning conjoined with our academic experience.”

Shaffer graduated magna cum laude from St. Bonaventure in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in theology. He then went on to graduate studies in theology at the University of Dayton, receiving a master’s degree in theological studies.

Shaffer wrote his master’s thesis about the Franciscan influence on Thomas Merton. This research is highly applicable to the work he is doing with Mt. Irenaeus as the coordinator of programs and activities because of the ways in which the ministry of the Mountain is based on living out of a contemplative model that engages the world. He has entered into life with the friar community at the Mountain while also integrating himself in the life of the St. Bonaventure campus as a member of the Bonaventure family.