Fr. Timothy J. Shepard, SJ
Fr. Timothy J. Shepard, SJ
Tim was incredibly generous, giving, and willing to go where ever the need was the greatest. He was a gifted spiritual director, and many people sought out his wisdom and advice. Tim's wry sense of humor—often accompanied by a slight smile—caught many people off guard, thus allowing his wise sayings and thoughts to be more easily accepted.
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Fr. Timothy J. Shepard, SJ

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Timothy J. Shepard, SJ, who died at 4:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was two days short of 73 years old. May he rest in peace. 

Tim was born on January 27, 1946, in Cleveland. He entered the Society of Jesus as a brother on March 5, 1966, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. In the late 1970s, Tim changed grades and was ordained on June 19, 1982, at Gesu Church in Detroit. He took final vows on May 1, 1986, at Loyola House Jesuit Novitiate in Berkley, Michigan. Tim earned bachelor's degrees in history and English from the University of Detroit (1971) and in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Chicago (1981). He earned a master's degree in library science from Case Western University (1974), a master's of divinity from Loyola University Chicago (1981), and a master’s of theological studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (1985). 

After his time at the novitiate, Tim taught social studies and English at Walsh Jesuit High School (1971-1973) before spending a year in special studies in library science at Case West Reserve. He then worked as a librarian at Loyola University New Orleans (1974-1976), before moving back to Ohio to be an assistant librarian (1976-1977) and the librarian (1977-1979) at John Carroll University. In 1979, Tim decided to change grades and study theology in preparation for ordination. 

After ordination, Tim transitioned into (and never left) internal governance in the Society. He was the assistant novice director for experiments (1982-1983) before becoming superior of Loyola House Jesuit Novitiate in Berkley, Michigan (1983-1986). While Tim was superior of Loyola House, he also did retreat ministry at Colombiere Center. In 1986, Tim became the rector of the St. Ignatius High School Jesuit Community in Cleveland and was a student counselor in the high school (1986-1991). Tim's cura personalis skills were then needed in Clarkston, Michigan, where he was director of Colombiere Center and rector of the Jesuit community (1991-1993). 

In 1993, Tim's gifts of organization, care for others, and a wry sense of humor were put to use in the Detroit Province office. He was a valuable socius and assistant to the provincial, Joseph Daoust, (1993-1995) before taking on the responsibilities of being the provincial's pastoral assistant (1995-1996) and Formation Director (1995-1999). Because of Tim's generosity and openness to being missioned, (while he was the province formation director) he was also the director of novices at Loyola House, the Chicago and Detroit provinces’ novitiate (1996-2002). 

After a well-earned sabbatical, Tim moved to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where he was a spiritual director for parents and alumni of Walsh Jesuit High School (2003-2010). Because of his extensive leadership experience, Tim was asked to be the rector of the Walsh Jesuit Community (2004-2009) in addition to his other duties. 

In 2009, Tim returned to Clarkston, Michigan, for a health sabbatical, to offer spiritual direction to Jesuits and many other people, and to become the librarian of Colombiere Center. 

Tim was incredibly generous, giving, and willing to go where ever the need was the greatest. He was a gifted spiritual director, and many people sought out his wisdom and advice. Tim's wry sense of humor—often accompanied by a slight smile—caught many people off guard, thus allowing his wise sayings and thoughts to be more easily accepted. He was a dedicated priest with innate pastoral sensibilities and tendencies. Tim's homilies often were very short (sometimes only a sentence/question or two) and fostered deep rumination and reflection. When talking with Tim, people experienced his care and concern for them. 

In his constant joyful presence and generous availability for mission, Tim seldom showed the difficulties he suffered from his life-long illness, diabetes. Finally, in addition to his ever-present good humor and cura personalis, many people will remember Tim did not like to capitalize any written word. 

WAKE 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 
4:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Wake Service 
7:00 p.m. 
Colombiere Center 
9075 Big Lake Road 
Clarkston, MI 48346 

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 
10:45 a.m. 
Colombiere Center 

BURIAL SERVICE 

Immediately following the funeral

In Memoriam
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January 30, 201910:50 AM
I met Father Tim then Brother at Walsh Jesuit High School as a 16 year old student. He was gifted in his soft and wise approach to teenagers. He was capable of captivating a challenging group and connecting spiritually with his grace, wit and leadership. Thank you Father for your gift of the spirit that had a life long impact to me and my classmates. Rest in Peace and say a word to the big guy up there for me. – Kevin Fearon

January 31, 201910:47 AM
Everything wonderful about this man is true. Most of all he gave of himself in his works and conversation. Take and Receive O Lord, your servant. Paul Schervish – Paul Schervish

February 05, 201911:36 AM
I will remember your comraderie upon entering the brotherhood together. Your storytelling, laughter and wry sense of humor created a bonding for all of the newbies. I won’t forget the day I was driving in traffic and you yelled, STOP THE CAR. I frighteningly slammed on the brakes whereby you jumped out of the car. Your flushed look instructed me to drive around the corner. I picked you up as you were “stuffing” m&m’s. This was my gentle orientation, you so kindly shared, into your lifetime battle with diabetes. Such a gift! Bless you always and forever. – Ed Wilgus

February 13, 20191:07 PM
I knew Tim in the late 70's and early 80's and never did not laugh in his presence....I am very sorry to hear of his passing but had heard that he was struggling with diabetes. He was a good friend when I needed one and a source of joy with his sense of humor. I am quite sure he is busy in heaven doing good work and making folks laugh...... – Beth A. McElhone

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