Saint Timothy – Our Patron
Saints Timothy and Titus, companions of St. Paul, are remembered on January 26 each year, the day following the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Timothy’s name means “honoring God.” The following biographical note appears in Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006.
Timothy was a native of Lystra in Asia Minor, the son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother who was a believer. We learn from the Acts of the Apostles that
“He was well spoken of by the brethren at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him; and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.” [Acts 16:1-3]
In addition to being a devoted companion of Paul, Timothy was entrusted with missions to the Thessalonians, to encourage them under persecution and to the Corinthians, to strengthen the converts in faith. Timothy became Paul’s representative at Ephesus, and, according to Eusebius, the first bishop of that city.
Paul wrote two letters to Timothy which are among the New Testament epistles. In them he praises both Timothy’s mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois. [2 Timothy 1:5] The letters offer advice on the care and discipleship of congregations, as well as a famous passage describing the qualifications of a bishop. Though Timothy was a youth when he joined Paul on his missionary journeys, he lived to an advanced age. When he was about 80 and still in Ephesus, he attempted to stop a pagan procession and was stoned to death.