Happy Birthday, Bishop Timlin!

James C. Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of Scranton

James C. Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of Scranton

The Guardian of the Redeemer CMF extends hearty birthday greetings today to retired Bishop James Timlin, who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton for 19 years.  This statement regarding Bishop Timlin’s “style” from his biography on the diocesan website is surely an accurate summation:

Blessed with a ready smile, a gregarious personality, and an ease with words, he showed a willingness to accept final responsibility for every policy and directive. His door was never closed. His mail was answered immediately. It seemed that his energy was limitless.

Bishop Timlin administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to several of my children.  He took the time to travel to local camps, both Catholic and non-Catholic, to have Mass for our group of families when we camped together during the summer.  On all of these occasions, his homilies always pointed us to Jesus – as our source of life, as our only hope.  We were truly blessed to have his leadership for our diocese.

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