1915 – 1983 (December 7)
John Christopher Timms was born October 12, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts to John Timms and Elizabeth Mulcahy, and was baptized ib November 14, 1915 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston. After his graduation in 1933 from Cathedral High School, Boston, John studied for one year at Boston College. He was received into the novitiate on September 9, 1935, and professed simple vows on September 10, 1936 and solemn vows September 10, 1939. He earned a B.A. from Villanova College, Villanova, Pennsylvania, in 1939, and pursued theological studies at Augustinian College, Washington, D.C., from 1939 to 1943. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1942. He received an M.A. in History from Catholic University of America, Washington, in 1944.
Father Timms was assigned in 1943 to teach at St. Rita High School, Chicago, Illinois. He taught at St. Augustine Seminary, Holland, Michigan, during the 1951-1952 school year, and served on the faculty of Austin Catholic High School, Detroit, Michigan, from 1952 to 1965. He taught at Mendel Catholic High School, Chicago, from 1965 to 1970.
In 1970 he was named associate pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was transferred in 1972 to St. Matthew Parish, Flint, Michigan, where he was associate pastor and prior. He was assigned, in 1979, as prior of St. Monica Monastery, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. After a lengthy illness, Father Timms died December 7, 1983 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Father Timms was known for his great love for the Church. His Faith was the basis of his life. He was loyal and faithuful in handing on the teachings of the Church.
Father Timms is buried in the Augustinian plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Lawrence, Massachusetts.