Timothy W. O’Brien, SJ, was born and raised in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. His family was active at Mother of Divine Providence Catholic Church, where Tim attended grammar school and served on the altar. After graduating from Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania, he met the Jesuits at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He had a profound experience of the Spiritual Exercises during his junior year, which marked the beginning of his pastoral and academic engagement with Ignatian spirituality. After graduating from Holy Cross in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Tim worked for two years in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Justice. He began to discern his vocation to the Society of Jesus at that time, while immersing himself at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where he was a catechist and an RCIA sponsor. In 2008, Tim entered the Society of Jesus and, as a Jesuit novice, served as a campus minister at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, also helping teach a course. His next mission took him to Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in historical theology from the University of Chicago. During this time, he also served as a writer and editor for The Jesuit Post, a website offering faith-based commentary geared to young adults. At Loyola University Maryland, Tim taught theology for two years while giving retreats and serving in the office of mission integration. In 2016, his Jesuit formation took him to France, where he is completing a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at Centre Sèvres, the Jesuit faculty of theology and philosophy in Paris. During his time abroad, Tim has worked for Jesuit Refugee Service, offered spiritual direction and served at Centre Saint-Guillaume, the student chaplaincy of SciencesPo. Ordained a deacon in April at the Church of St. Ignatius in Paris, Tim will serve in retreat ministry this summer. Upon finishing his degree this fall, his first assignment will be at his former parish, Holy Trinity in Washington, D.C. After ordination, Tim will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at his home parish, Mother of Divine Providence. (Maryland Province)
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