Graduate Student in History, John Hopkins University
Fr. Timothy W. O’Brien, S.J., was born and raised in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania, he met the Jesuits at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He had a profound experience of the Spiritual Exercises during his junior year, which marked the beginning of his pastoral and academic engagement with Ignatian spirituality.
After graduating from Holy Cross in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Tim worked for two years in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Justice. He began to discern his vocation to the Society of Jesus at that time, while immersing himself at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where he was a catechist and an RCIA sponsor. In 2008, Tim entered the Society of Jesus and, as a Jesuit novice, served as a campus minister at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, also helping teach a course. His next mission took him to Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in historical theology from the University of Chicago. During this time, he also served as a writer and editor for The Jesuit Post, a website offering faith-based commentary geared to young adults
At Loyola University Maryland, Tim taught theology for two years while giving retreats and serving in the office of mission integration. In 2016, his Jesuit formation took him to France, where he is completed a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at Centre Sèvres, the Jesuit faculty of theology and philosophy in Paris. During his time abroad, Tim has worked for Jesuit Refugee Service, offered spiritual direction and served at Centre Saint-Guillaume, the student chaplaincy of SciencesPo.
He was ordained on June 9, 2018.
He is currently at his former parish, Holy Trinity in Washington, D.C. He will be missioned to special studies for a Ph.D. in History at John Hopkins University beginning 2019-2020 academic year.