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BIOGRAPHY OF BISHOP TIMOTHY A. McDONNELL

Most Rev. TIMOTHY ANTHONY McDONNELL

BORN: New York, NY on December 23, 1937.

PARENTS: John J. & Margaret (Looney) McDonnell, both now deceased.

FAMILY: One younger brother: Brother John J. McDonnell, F.M.S., presently Vice-Provincial of the United States Province of the Marist Brothers.

EDUCATION:

  • St. Anthony (Commonwealth) & Holy Cross Parish Schools, Bronx, NY.
  • Cathedral College, NY, NY (High School & Junior College).
  • St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, NY (College & Theology).
    -- A.B. in Philosophy, 1959.
  • Iona College, New Rochelle, NY.
    -- M.S. in Education (Pastoral Counseling), 1970.
  • Institute for Continuing Theological Education, North American College, Vatican City -- sabbatical program, 1999.

PRIESTLY ORDINATION: by Francis Cardinal Spellman for the Archdiocese of New York on June 1, 1963, in Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

EPISCOPAL NOMINATION: as Auxiliary Bishop of New York and Titular Bishop of Semina by Pope John Paul II on October 30, 2001.

EPISCOPAL ORDINATION: by Edward Cardinal Egan, Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell and Most Reverend Robert A. Brucato on December 12, 2001, in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

APPOINTMENT AS BISHOP OF SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS: by Pope John Paul II on March 9, 2004.

INSTALLMENT AS BISHOP OF SPRINGFIELD: by Archbishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., on April 1, 2004, in the presence of Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

ASSIGNMENTS:
Regular:

  • Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Ardsley, NY, 1963 - 1970.
  • Assistant Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Christian and Family Development, 1970 - 1977, with responsibilities in catechetics, Archdiocesan pro-life activities and marriage preparation programs.
  • Director of the Archdiocesan Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 1977 - 1980.
  • Vice-Chancellor, and Secretary to the Archdiocesan Board of Consultors, 1980 - 1984, with responsibility for the Archdiocesan Building Commission,
    Ecclesiastical Maintenance Service, and Institutional Commodity Service.
  • Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, New York, NY, 1984 - 1990.
  • Chief Operating Officer of The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, 1990 - 1993.
  • Pastor of Saint John and Saint Mary Parish, Chappaqua, NY, 1993 - 2002.
  • Vicar General of the Archdiocese of New York, 2002 - 2004.

    ASSIGNMENTS:
    Special:
  • Faculty member of Maria Regina HS, Hartsdale, NY, 1963 - 1969.
  • Resident Chaplain at Cardinal McCloskey School and Home,
    White Plains, NY, 1971 - 1977.
  • Episcopal Vicar of West Manhattan, 1989 - 1990.
  • Acting Deputy President and Deputy CEO of Covenant House, 1990.