EIGHTH BISHOP OF SPRINGFIELD
MA – Pope John Paul II has named Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell the
Eighth Bishop of Springfield. Bishop McDonnell presently serves as an
auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of New York City and co-vicar general
for that archdiocese.
New York City Dec. 23, 1937, he was the eldest of two sons of the late
John J. and Margaret Looney McDonnell – both natives of County
Cork, Ireland. Bishop McDonnell attended Catholic schools throughout
his youth and was inspired in his vocation by an Irish born great uncle
who was a priest. Bishop McDonnell’s brother, John, was also inspired
to answer a vocation and is a Marist brother in the United States Province
presently stationed in the Philippines.
June 1, 1963 by the late Cardinal Francis Spellmen, then Father McDonnell
served in parish ministry for the first seven years of his priestly
ministry. In 1970, he was chosen as assistant director of the Office
of Christian and Family Development. In 1977, he assumed the position
as Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, followed
in 1984 by his appointment as vice chancellor for the archdiocese.
he was named a monsignor and year later began a six year tenure as pastor
of Holy Trinity Parish in Manhattan. Prior to his selection and ordination
as an auxiliary bishop in 2001, he served for nine years as pastor of
St. John and St. Mary Parish in Chappaqua – an active suburban
parish where he oversaw a major renovation construction project to accommodate
the rapidly growing parish community.
McDonnell’s most challenging assignment came in 1990 when he helped
to run Covenant House for six months following the resignation of its
founder and director, Conventual Franciscan Father Bruce Ritter. Following
that he served as chief operating officer for the archdiocesan Catholic
29, 2001, the Pope named then Msgr. McDonnell as an auxiliary bishop
in the Archdiocese of New York City. He was ordained Dec. 12, 2001 by
Cardinal Edward M. Egan at St. Patrick Cathedral. He had been serving
as co-vicar general for the archdiocese.
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Timothy A. McDonnell |
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