Meet Fr. Tim Monahan, Vocation Director
I was raised in a small town of 2,700 people, called Arcola, and my home parish was St. John the Baptist.
I’m the fourth of eight children from a large Irish-Catholic family, and my siblings are some of my best friends. My dad is a banker, and my mom is a homemaker and retired teacher and tech consultant. We were and are a tight-knit family. Here in Chicago I have two sisters, six aunts and uncles, and a bunch of cousins. I have wonderful nieces and nephews, and my younger brother is a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal.
My parents set the tone with a loving marriage and a good moral example. We went to Mass every Sunday and said grace before meals.
I went to the University of Notre Dame, where I majored in Finance and Business Administration, and was captain of the fencing team.
When I was 16 and preparing for Confirmation, I had a very strong experience in prayer of Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that He was there, and that was the first time I ever thought about becoming a priest. Five years after that, I had another powerful experience, when I sensed Jesus inviting me to follow him as a priest. I am so grateful that He called me, because I love being consecrated to him.
Sports (especially soccer, football, basketball, running, lifting), traveling, reading, being with family and friends, being in nature.
I was an associate pastor at Holy Family in Inverness, and at Mary Seat of Wisdom in Park Ridge.
I speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. My teams are anything Notre Dame and Chicago, as well as Everton Football Club. St. John Paul II is one of my heroes.
The same thing Jesus says: “Do not be afraid.” It’s an adventure following Jesus, so be courageous and take one step at a time. You will never regret it.