Chicago, Ill.— On June 13, 2015, Timothy McCabe, SJ, was ordained a Jesuit priest at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago by the Most Reverend Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Indianapolis, Ind. Father McCabe was born October 23, 1962 to Mary Patricia (Cassin) and William McCabe in Ferndale, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. Click here for photo and bio.
Father McCabe has three sisters, Brigid McCabe, Maggie Zito, and Colleen Ashley, as well as a daughter, Mary McEvoy.
“One aspect of my life that informs and inspires my priesthood is being a father to Mary,” Fr. McCabe said. “We enjoy a close relationship, sharing a love for Ignatian spirituality and a passion for social justice.”
From a young age, Fr. McCabe was drawn to the poor and marginalized. He immersed himself in social justice issues, becoming actively involved in the Catholic Worker Movement and Detroit peace community. In addition to serving as the director of a refugee resettlement project, Fr. McCabe helped repair houses for Detroit’s inner-city poor and served meals in a soup kitchen. He first met the Jesuits on a humanitarian aid mission to El Salvador. The relationships he formed compelled him to attend the Jesuits’ University of Detroit Mercy, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Following his graduation, he served as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps’ Midwest director for 12 years. This work helped him discover Ignatian spirituality and had a tremendous impact not only on his prayer but also on his understanding of the world.
After many years of discerning a vocation to the Society of Jesus, Fr. McCabe answered God’s call and joined the Jesuits in 2005. As a novice, he worked in a hospice for the homeless in San Francisco, before heading to Loyola University Chicago for advanced philosophy studies. Father McCabe then went to Loyola High School in Detroit, where he served as the school’s development director.
Father McCabe returned to Chicago to work with the Ignatian Spirituality Project, an organization which provides retreats to homeless men and women. He was next missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, Calif., where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Agnes Catholic Church in San Francisco, Calif. Following his ordination, he will serve as associate pastor and director of the Warming Center at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit. He celebrated his first Mass as a Jesuit priest at the Madonna della Strada Chapel at Loyola University Chicago.
Upon his ordination, Fr. McCabe wrote, “I am profoundly grateful to God and the Society of Jesus for the gift of this life. None of this would be possible without a loving and supportive family and countless friends who have inspired and encouraged me along the way. My Jesuit priesthood is about being of service to others, and I humbly offer it with great joy and wholehearted gratitude.”
Father McCabe was ordained to the priesthood along with fellow Jesuits L. Adam DeLeon, from Cleveland, Ohio; Ryan Duns, from Cleveland; Joseph Koczera, from Rochester, Mass.; Christopher Krall, from Marshfield, Wis.; Lukas Laniauskas, from Cleveland; Jacob Martin, from Chicago; and James Shea, from Skokie, Ill.
The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, is a religious order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. For more than 470 years, the Jesuits have served in the spirit of St. Ignatius Loyola, who founded the order in 1540. Jesuits serve throughout the United States and the world, in educational institutions, parishes, retreat centers, social justice ministries, international ministries, and intellectual apostolates. The Midwest Jesuits serve in a wide range of ministries from the Great Lakes to the Great Plains, based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
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