Timothy was a faithful apostle with Paul and a young leader in the early church. He was timid and young, yet was appointed by Paul to take care of the church at Ephesus and became the first bishop there. He was born to a Greek father and Jewish mother. His mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, educated him well and guided his conversion and piety.
As a trusted and faithful friend, Timothy traveled with Paul and was entrusted with apostolic work, spreading the Gospel on his missionary journeys. Paul guided Timothy on how to be a young leader in the church and encouraged him to fight false teachings. Paul’s letters strengthened and supported Timothy in his pastoral work. Timothy was sent to Ephesus and became its first bishop. He opposed the pagan veneration of false gods and this led to his martyrdom. His feast day is celebrated on January 26.
In his writings, Paul reminds Timothy that he is not too young to serve as a leader. “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young” (1 Timothy 4:12).
These words serve to encourage the youth at Saint Timothy Catholic Parish School to honor God through the instruction “love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith”
(1 Timothy 1:5)