Fr. Jeremiah Shryock CFR

Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR entered the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in 2002. In 2011, Timothy Cardinal Dolan ordained him a priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He currently lives as a hermit at the Monastery of Bethlehem in Livingston Manor, New York, where he serves as a chaplain to the nuns. He is author of Amid Passing Things: Life, Prayer, and Relationship with God, blogs at From the Friars and has a podcast: His new book,now available, is Mary and the Interior Life.

Articles By Fr. Jeremiah Shryock CFR

The One Thing Certain in Life

“As I opened the door to leave, her faint but calm voice cried out, ‘Father!’ ‘Yes, sister,’ I said and turned towards her. ‘God is certain, do not be afraid of anything,’ she said.” – Fr. Jeremiah Shryock


Community as Healing

“Over the years I have become convinced, both through my own experience as a priest and a spiritual director, that the number one tactic used by the devil towards faithful and devout people is to create division.” – Fr. Jeremiah Shryock


The Self I Must Deny

“It would be impossible to underestimate how revolutionary this way of thinking is and how contrary it is to the way of the world. For a Christian, one’s true self, their ultimate identity, has nothing to with one’s career, social status, ethnicity, or the many other external things the world often associates to be part of one’s identity, i.e., their true self.” – Fr. Jeremiah Shryock


The One Thing Necessary

“For each one of us to better assess the degree of love that may be present or absent in our life, I would like to propose a short examination for us regarding three areas of our life: prayer, relationships, and work.” – Fr. Jeremiah Shryock


What Matters Most

“How pure is my faith?  How confident is my hope?  How selfless is my love?  The honest answer to these questions will reveal to us where we are, really, in our relationship with God.”- Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR


The World is Never Enough

“I smiled at him and said as compassionately as I could, ‘This world is never enough, and it never will be.’” – Fr. Jeremiah Shyrock


Solitude: A Deeper Revelation

Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR, gives a homily to the nuns of the monastery of Bethlehem in Livingston Manor, New York, where he serves as chaplain. Here he offers insight into the vast difference between solitude and isolation. The deepest revelations of God, Father Jeremiah points out, take place in solitude, “a place of intimacy and

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