Watch: On the Path to Priesthood: Riley O'Shea


Watch: On the Path to Priesthood: Riley O’Shea

Meet Diocese of Lansing seminarian, Riley O’Shea. 29-year-old Riley hails from Saint Michael Parish in Grand Ledge. He grew up in a family of five and attended public schools through high school.

In school, Riley’s interests were math and science which led him to pursue an engineering degree at Michigan State University where he graduated with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2015.

After graduating, Riley then worked in Saginaw as an engineer for three years while living at a Catholic men’s formation house in Flint. He began priestly formation for the Diocese of Lansing at Sacred Heart Seminary in the fall of 2018.

Today he explains how his life changed while on retreat at Saint Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt during his college years. It was a profound experience that has set Riley on the path to priesthood. Deo volente.

Please keep Riley in your prayers in the months and years to come. Saint Charles Borromeo, patron of seminarians, pray for him.

• Do you also feel that Almighty God may be to the Sacred Priesthood? Contact Father John Whitlock, Director of Seminarians for the Diocese of Lansing on 517-342-2507 or at

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