This is how Sean, a devout Catholic who lives in the Bay Area, describes himself:
Sean Bryan is an American Ninja Warrior competitor and the Lay Mission Project’s Animating Director. Sean received his Bachelor of Arts at UC Berkeley, where he studied physics and was on the men’s gymnastics team. After graduation, he spent four years in various Salesian ministerial settings while discerning his vocation. In 2015 Sean completed his Master of Arts in Theology with a Salesian Studies concentration at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology. His Masters thesis analyzed the ecclesiology inherent to documents of the Second Vatican Council, and proposes the Scriptural notion of liturgy as an interpretive lens that elucidates the relationship between formal ritual worship and its integrated expression in everyday life. His exploration led to practical applications geared toward the animation of the faithful in the Church’s mission, including the Lay Mission Project itself. Sean is also known for his participation in the NBC show American Ninja Warrior, where he has taken on the identity of the Papal Ninja, stealthily using his gifts to help accomplish the mission of the One who sent him into the secular realm.
Oh, yeah, and he also flips and spins and climbs rocks.
And, Bryan now has gear inspired by his persona. Click here to dress like a Papal Ninja!
Here’s what NBC had to say about the episode:
LOS ANGELES FINALS- 07/24/17
‘AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR’ PRESENTS THE LOS ANGELES FINALS FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
“American Ninja Warrior” travels back to Universal Studios’ “New York Street” where the top 30 competitors from the Los Angeles Qualifier tackle the City Finals course. In addition to the obstacles from the City Qualifier, contestants will face the Salmon Ladder, Stair Hopper, and 2 challenging new obstacles: Swinging Peg Board and Elevator Climb. Top competitors Kevin Bull, Grant McCartney, Sean Bryan and Flip Rodriguez will take on the course. Competitors will vie for a chance to compete in the Las Vegas finals, to win a cash prize of $1,000,000 and the title of “American Ninja Warrior.”
Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila hosts as Kristine Leahy co-hosts.