A Latrobe native and Benedictine of Saint Vincent Archabbey will be ordained to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, by the Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco, Bishop of Greensburg in Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.
Brother Paul-Alexander Shutt, O.S.B., 44, is the son of P. Arthur and Grace (Ross) Shutt of Latrobe and the brother of Adam Shutt of Irwin. The 1971 graduate of Greater Latrobe Senior High School received a bachelor of arts degree in French from Thiel College in 1975, and a master of arts degree in French from Middlebury College in 1980. He has done other studies at the Université de Strasbourg and the Université Catholique d’Angers. He received a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1997.
He made simple profession of vows in July of 1993, and solemn profession of vows in July of 1996 at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. He was ordained a deacon in April of 1997 at Saint Vincent. Before entering the monastery, Brother Paul-Alexander was a foreign language teacher at Sewickley Academy for 12 years, and a cellist with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.
At Saint Vincent, Brother Paul-Alexander worked at the gristmill (1992-1993), sacristy (1992-1993), and was an assistant in the vocations office (1993). He served as assistant master of ceremonies (1994-1997), socius of novices (1994-1997), and as assistant coordinator of archabbey music (1994-1997). Since 1995 he has taught Latin at Saint Vincent Seminary and French, Italian and Latin in the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Saint Vincent College.
He will say his first Mass, a Mass of Thanksgiving, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Archabbey Basilica.