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Cerneka, Shannon

Shannon Cerneka is one-half of
Oddwalk Ministries
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Shannon is originally from Belleville, Illinois. Although his family did not have much material wealth as Shannon was growing up, there was always lots of love and humor, and support from a large and loving extended family. The Church, through Boy Scouts, TEC, CYO, his home parish, and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows also played a big part in Shannon's formation.

Ever the extrovert, Shannon loved singing and performing and acting silly for people. Shannon taught himself to play guitar and began writing songs in high school. He would play for CYO event and began offering his gifts to the local TEC center as weekend music directors and playing for parish liturgies.

When he graduated from high school, Shannon joined the Illinois Air National Guard and served for four years. He stayed involved with these groups and continued to grow in his love of the Lord and realization of His good gifts. Soon after being discharged from the Guard, Shannon felt the call to ministry and enrolled in the Youth Ministry Certificate program offered by the Center for Ministry Development. Upon completion of the program in 1999, the Lord called Shannon to move to mid-Missouri and serve His Church there.  Today he fills several pastoral roles at St. Peter Catholic Church in Fulton, MO, where he lives with his wife and four children.