Methodius Timko, OFM
1913 – 1966
Fr. Methodius Timko, OFM, was born on March 13, 1913 in Upor, Czechoslovakia. He came to the United States as a high school student, and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1935, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1939 and was ordained in 1941.
After ordination, Fr. Methodius was assigned to St. Joseph Parish, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., as an assistant. Because of his fluency in the Hungarian and Slovak languages, he was transferred to St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in New York City, where he cared for the Hungarian parishioners. He translated from Hungarian into English the book, “Christ and His Little Friends.” In 1984, he returned to St. Joseph Parish, ministering there for four years. He also served at ministries in Brookline, Mass., Winsted, Conn., Paterson, and the Bronx, N.Y.
He died on Dec. 7, 1966 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in New York City. Fr. Methodius was 53 years old, a professed friar for 30 years and a priest for 25 years.