Fr. Timothy MacDonald, SA

About Fr. Timothy MacDonald, SA

2nd Councilor

Fr. Tim MacDonald, SA, was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He became associated with the Friars in 1958, when he entered the college program of the Friars at Montour Falls, New York. He professed first vows in 1960 and final vows in 1963. Fr. Tim was ordained to the priesthood in 1967.

Fr. Tim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from St. Pius X Seminary in 1963. He received a Master’s Degree in Ecumenics, World Religions and Mission from Boston University in 1969. Fr. Tim earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University in 1981.

Fr. Tim has ministered in parishes in Canada, Virginia, and Texas as well as at the Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton, MA. He was Assistant Editor of The Lamp in the late 1960s and served as Director of the Christian Unity Center at Graymoor from 1973 – 1977. Fr. Tim also served as Novice Director from 1981-1984 in Washington, Virginia, and New York.

In 1986, Fr. Tim was appointed Rector of Chiesa di Sant’Onofrio al Gianicolo, Rome and Procurator General to the Holy See. He became Associate Director of the Centro Pro Unione in 1987.

He returned to Canada in 1990, to serve as Ecumenical Director the Archdiocese of Halifax and for the Archdiocese of Toronto in 1994. He was also post-novitiate director during this time. In 1999, Fr. Tim became pastor of the Church of the Atonement, now Our Lady of the Atonement Church, in Windsor, Ontario.

He was the Friars’ Vicar General from 2009-2014, followed by a brief sabbatical. In 2016, Fr. Tim briefly served as the Friary Administrator in Washington, DC before being appointed Ecumenical Officer for the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Father Tim is currently the Acting Director of the Centro Pro Unione in Rome; works as Guardian and Rector of the Convent and the Church of Sant’Onofrio al Gianicolo in Rome; and serves as Postulancy Director in Rome