Timon High School Honors Joel Campbell

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School’s fourth annual Kaleidoscope Dinner and Auction on May 17 at the Orchard Park Country Club generated more than  $100,000, directed to the Fr. Joel A. Campbell, OFM Memorial Scholarship Fund, providing tuition assistance to young men who would otherwise be unable to attend Timon.

“Far too often families cannot consider a Catholic education for their sons because of their limited finances,” said Chuck Lannon, the event chair.  “The reality that deserving young men do not have the opportunity to receive a quality education at Timon goes against the Franciscan values taught at the school.  This is the reason why Timon established the Fr. Joel A. Campbell, OFM Memorial Scholarship Fund and hosts Kaleidoscope.”

“Joel Campbell’s commitment to the young men of Bishop Timon over the 27 years he spent at the school served as the inspiration for the scholarship fund that is named in his honor,” said Kevin McLaughlin, director of Timon’s office of advancement, adding, “Fr. Joel began his long tenure at Bishop Timon in 1950 as one of 30 Franciscans staffing the newly-established school. He remained on the faculty until 1967 when his ministry moved to St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y.”

“In 1997, Fr. Joel returned to Timon and remained until his death on Feb.1, 2007. As the only full-time friar at Timon, Fr. Joel had numerous responsibilities, including serving as the school chaplain, spiritual director, guidance counselor, member of the board of trustees and moderator of the Alumni Association.”

Among the guests at the dinner were two friars who are both Timon alumni: F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, and Gregory Jakubowicz, OFM, who is on the school’s board of trustees.

“It is a real honor for our departed brother Joel that so many alums and benefactors  honor him by funding this scholarship,” said Greg.

“Timon is alive and it’s exploring new and creative ways to be authentic in carrying out the Franciscan tradition,” Greg added. “The board of trustees is most grateful to Holy Name Province for its support and willingness to provide guidance for the school’s efforts at maintaining its Franciscan identify.”

Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School is an independent Roman Catholic School in the Franciscan Tradition educating young men to be responsible Christian citizens through programs of academic excellence and a well-rounded extracurricular program.  Timon creates a spiritual, academic and physical environment that nurtures and enhances the growth and development of each student.

Shown in photo, in front of a photo of Joel, are Lannon with several students.