Bartholomew Timlin, OFM
1896 – 1963
Fr. Bartholomew Timlin, OFM, was born on Sept. 1, 1896 in Philadelphia. After studying at St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1920, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Bartholomew made his solemn profession in 1924 and was ordained a priest in 1927.
His first assignment was to St. Stephen Friary in Croghan, N.Y., where he served as master of clerics and cared for the mission in New Bremen. One year later, he went to Aquinas High School in Rochester, N.Y., and then to St. Bonaventure College and Seminary in Allegany, N.Y., to teach in the seminary. From 1930 to 1931, he taught philosophy at St. Anthony Friary, Butler, N.J., and was responsible for the nearby missions in Ringwood, Greenwood Lake, and Sterling Forest.
In 1931, Fr. Bart went to The Catholic University of America, Washington, to study canon law. He graduated with his doctorate in 1934 and spent more than 25 years teaching canon law in Allegany and Washington. He served two terms as guardian and rector of Holy Name College, Washington, and was Provincial Secretary from 1943 to 1946. Fr. Bart was a gentle friar for his entire life, and insisted on working in spite of a serious illness.
He died on Oct. 17, 1963 at St. Francis Friary in New York City. Fr. Bart was 67 years old, a professed friar for 42 years, and a priest for 36 years.