Parish History

1924 December: St. Timothy Church building is completed – which is still standing today along Route 28 in Centreville.  St. Timothy’s was a mission church of Fairfax Station’s St. Mary’s parish.

1944: St. Timothy’s was closed then reopened as the Mission of All Saints in Manassas.

1960’s: With the building boom west of Centreville and in Chantilly came a influx of Catholic families in the mid-1960’s.  By 1967, the Catholic population had increased to such a magnitude that there was not even standing room in the little St. Timothy’s Church.  As subdivisions were being built many more Catholics were moving into the area.  Chantilly Firehouse was used for three additional Sunday Masses.

1968 November: St. Timothy Catholic church leased space in the Greenbriar East School for most of St. Timothy’s parishioners, St. Timothy Chapel continued to serve those people in Centreville.

1969 June: Fr. Robert E. Nudd was appointed the first Pastor by John J. Russell -, Bishop of Richmond.  St. Timothy Chapel’s land would not pass the soil percolation tests and sewer lines would not be available in the area for many years.  Land was then purchased on Poplar Tree Road in Chantilly, VA this would be the home of our Parish we know today.  Pastor Fr. Nudd lived in the Greenbriar subdivision for 4 years.

1972 November 12: Ground breaking ceremony was held to build St. Timothy Church.

1975 January 25: St. Timothy Church was dedicated by Most Reverend Thomas J. Welsh, Bishop of Arlington.  Parish continued to grow in August 1976 and an assistant pastor was needed.  Fr. Francis J. Diamond was appointed.

1978 Spring: Fr. Vincent Keane of St. Leo Parish in Fairfax was assigned to St. Timothy’s as administrator.  Fr. Nudd became too ill to care for his flock.  August 7, 1978 Fr. Nudd passed.

1978 September 12: Fr. Roy Cosby was assigned as pastor.  His vision was to provide education for the children of the parish.  This led to the building of a social hall and a school on the property.  Through more generosity, hard work and prayers, the fund drive began.

1980 Fall: Building of the Fr. Nudd Hall began.  It consisted of six classrooms, three office spaces with storage, a gymnasium-social hall for recreation and parish celebrations and a well equipped professional kitchen.  The school was completed in time for the 1981-1982 school year.  St. Timothy’s parochial school has the distinction of employing the first lay principal in the diocese, Mrs. Marilyn S. Valatka and an all lay staff.  Due to increase in the size of the school enrollment, St. Timothy’s School required the enlargement of the original school building.  Mid 1980’s construction of an addition to the school included a new library and two wings of class rooms.

St. Clare of Assisi in Clifton was established as a mission of St. Timothy Parish.

1983 April:  Fr. Cornelius O ’Brien was assigned as pastor.  Fr. O’Brien was known for his brilliant and eloquent speech.

1989: St. Timothy’s continued to grow ended the decade as the largest parish in the diocese.  This required splitting the parish and a new parish, St. Andrew the Apostle was established for those Catholics living south of Rout 29.  Ironically, this new parish includes the original St. Timothy’s Chapel, now abandoned.

1990’s: By the early 1990’s the numbers celebrating Sunday Mass at St. Timothy had increased to such an extent that the 750 seat church was no longer adequate.  In 1993 the parish launched a $4 Million fund- raising campaign to enlarge the church and other parish facilities.  The campaign was ultimately a success, and in 1996 the parish celebrated the opening of an expanded church which now seats 1400 people.  In addition the school built a new cafeteria, gym and more classroom space.  A new rectory was also added.

1999 June: Fr. Gerald Weymes assigned as Pastor.
Fr Weymes

1999: St. Timothy’s Catholic community continued to grow.  Bishop Loverde announced and established new parish in the Chantilly – Herndon area St. Veronica.  St. Timothy still remained one of the largest parishes in the diocese.

2005: St. Timothy School expands again this time the expansion included the new adjacent building for the Middle school students, music room, # of classrooms to meet the enrollment demands.

2007 December 3: Eucharistic Chapel of Divine Mercy  was opened the First Sunday of Advent in 2007.  The Reredos was designed by Father Weymes – Pictured in the stain glass piece are the four evangelists of the New Testament Gospels bringing us the divinely inspired word of Jesus Christ by telling the story of his life: St John (top left), St. Mark (top right), St. Matthew(bottom left), and St. Luke (bottom right).

2015: New organ installed in the church.

On June 10, 1969, John J Russell, Bishop of Richmond, designated St. Timothy Church as a parish and appointed Fr. Robert E. Nudd as its first pastor.

On January 25, 1975, St. Timothy Church was dedicated by Most Reverend Thomas J. Welsh, Bishop of Arlington.

Pastors

June10, 1969: Fr. Robert E. Nudd, first pastor
September 12, 1978: Fr. R. Roy Cosby assigned pastor
April 1983: Fr. Cornelius O’Brien assigned pastor
June 1999: Fr. Gerald Weymes, assigned pastor

Parochial Vicars

Fr. Francis J. Diamond, SJ

Fr. Vincent Keane

Fr. Joe Biniek
Fr. Edward Masalewicz

Fr. Kevin Gallagher

Fr. John Rea

Fr. Donald Greenhalgh

Fr. John Melmer

Fr. Craig Everton

Fr. James Mercer

Fr. Terry Cramer

Fr. Matthew Zuberbueler

Fr. Alexander Drummond

Fr. Wilhelm Ettner

Fr. Edward Tewes

Fr. Carroll Oubre

Fr. Kevin Beres

Fr. Richard Carr

Fr. Kevin Fimian
Fr. William Aitcheson

Fr. Stephen Schultz
Fr. Stefan Starzinski
Fr. Phillip Cozzi
Fr. William Schierer
Fr. Michael Duesterhaus

Feastday: January 26

St_TimothyBorn at Lystra, Lycaenia, Timothy was the son of a Greek father and Eunice, a converted Jewess. He joined St. Paul when Paul preached at Lystra replacing Barnabas, and became Paul’s close friend and confidant. Paul allowed him to be circumcised to placate the Jews, since he was the son of a Jewess, and he then accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey. When Paul was forced to flee Berea because of the enmity of the Jews there, Timothy remained, but after a time was sent to Thessalonica to report on the condition of the Christians there and to encourage them under persecution, a report that led to Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians when he joined Timothy at Corinth. Timothy and Erastus were sent to Macedonia in 58, went to Corinth to remind the Corinthians of Paul’s teaching, and then accompanied Paul into Macedonia and Achaia. Timothy was probably with Paul when the Apostle was imprisoned at Caesarea and then Rome, and was himself imprisoned but then freed. According to tradition, he went to Ephesus, became its first bishop, and was stoned to death there when he opposed the pagan festival of Katagogian in honor of Diana. Paul wrote two letters to Timothy, one written about 65 from Macedonia and the second from Rome while he was in prison awaiting execution. His feast day is January 26.

St. Timothy’s miracle and Martyrdom, and interpretation of his name.Stained-Glass

Timothy is as much to say as holding dread. Or of timor, that is dread, and theos, a word of Greek, which is deus in Latin and God in English, as the dread of God.

Of S. Timothy.

S. Timothy was taken under Nero of the provost of Rome, and was grievously beaten, and had quicklime put in his throat and upon his wounds. And he rendered thankings to God with all his heart. And then two angels came to him, saying: Lift up thine head to heaven. And then he beheld and saw the heaven open, and Jesu Christ, which held a double crown, and said tn him. Thou shalt receive this of my hand. Anda man named Apollinarius saw this thing and did him to be baptized. And therefore the provost commanded that they twain together, persevering in the confession of our Lord, should be beheaded about the year of our Lord fifty-six.

Prayers to St. Timothy

Dear Saint, well known for your gentleness, you were a most faithful disciple of St. Paul and like him traveled much to bring the Good News to all people. The Letters Paul wrote to you reveal your zeal and inspire us with confidence in you. You too were cast into prison and you too gave your life for Christ. So with confidence we dare to ask: please obtain relief for N. if it be God’s will. Amen.

Lord God, You filled St. Timothy with apostolic virtues. Through his intercession may we live good and religious lives here on earth and thus be worthy of our heavenly home. Amen.

Fast Facts:

  • Memorial Day / Feast Day of Saint Timothy: January 26
  • Description / Title of the Saint : Bishop, Martyr
  • Date of Death: Saint Timothy died AD 80

The Story and History of Saint Timothy
The story and history of Saint Timothy. Timothy was a convert of St. Paul. He was born at Lystra in Asia Minor. His mother was a Jewess, but his father was a pagan; and though Timothy had read the Scriptures from his childhood, he had not been circumcised as a Jew.

On the arrival of St. Paul at Lystra the youthful Timothy, with his mother and grandmother, eagerly embraced the faith. Seven years later, when the Apostle again visited the country, the boy had grown into manhood, while his good heart, his austerities and zeal had won the esteem of all around him; and holy men were prophesying great things of the fervent youth. St. Paul at once saw his fitness for the work of an evangelist. Timothy was forthwith ordained, and from that time became the constant and much-beloved fellow-worker of the Apostle.

In company with St. Paul he visited the cities of Asia Minor and Greece – at one time hastening on in front as a trusted messenger, at another lingering behind to confirm in the faith some recently founded church. Finally, he was made the first Bishop of Ephesus; and here he received the two epistles which bear his name, the first written from Macedonia and the second from Rome, in which St. Paul from his prison gives vent to his longing desire to see his “dearly beloved son,” if possible, once more before his death.

St. Timothy himself not many years after the death of St. Paul, won his martyr’s crown at Ephesus. As a child Timothy delighted in reading the sacred books, and to his last hour he would remember the parting words of his spiritual father, “Attende lectioni – Apply thyself to reading.”

Feast Day of Saint Timothy
The Feast Day of Saint Timothy is January 26. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint’s feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

 

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