Rev. Charles F. Shelby, C.M, Endowed Scholarship in Physics

Rev. Charles F. Shelby, C.M, Endowed Scholarship in Physics

Father Charles Shelby first came to DePaul—on scholarship—after his ordination in 1968. His goal was to get a master’s degree in physics so he could teach it. Reflecting on his career, he said, “I really love physics, and DePaul gave me wonderful opportunities, like working under one of the pioneers in developing radar and doing research at Argonne National Laboratory.” Fr. Shelby got his degree in 1972 and has been using it in and out of the field of physics ever since.

His love of physics and the benefits of his DePaul degree inspired him to establish scholarships out of his personal funds. He believes that beyond the obvious benefits of science itself, physics encourages collaboration and imposes a discipline on all areas of personal thinking. It instills a respect for factual data and promotes discipline in study and work. “My knowledge of physics shows me the beauty and wisdom of God, and my Vincentian education from DePaul has inspired me to help others—especially those in need—to gain the benefits that DePaul offers,” he said.

Fr. Shelby was born in 1941 and grew up in Los Angeles. In 1968 he was ordained as a priest of the Congregation of the Mission of Saint Vincent de Paul, the religious community that sponsors DePaul University. Among his past positions, Fr. Shelby was president of the Association of the Miraculous Medal (1983-2005) and also the association’s international coordinator (2002-2005). He was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Development Conference from 1992 to 2001 and served as its chair for two years (1996-1998).

Today Fr. Shelby serves as a vice chancellor at DePaul University, a role he has held since 2005. His duties are university wide and include promoting the Vincentian and Catholic mission of the university through public relations, alumni relations, fundraising and correspondence. In addition, he serves as adjunct faculty in DePaul’s School for New Learning. Fr. Shelby was a member of DePaul’s Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2005.