Joyce, Timothy J. 1934-

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JOYCE, Timothy J. 1934-

PERSONAL: Born April 23, 1934, in New York, NY; son of Thomas J. (in sales) and Ottilie A. (a homemaker; maiden name, Tassotti) Joyce. Ethnicity: "Irish-American." Education: University of Ottawa, S.T.B., 1960, J.C.L., 1962; Fordham University, M.A., 1966; Tulane University, M.Ed., 1973; Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, S.T.L., 1983. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Music, astronomy, cinema, physical exercise.

ADDRESSES: Home and office—Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull St., Hingham, MA 02043. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Roman Catholic priest. St. Paul's Abbey, Newton, NJ, priest and teacher, 1962–69; Archdiocese of New Orleans, LA, social apostolate, 1969–73; principal of a Roman Catholic high school in Baltimore, MD, 1973–76; Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA, prior, retreat director, and writer, 1976–. Abbot President's Council, member, 1987–99; American Benedictine Academy, president, 1990–92; Anamchairde Network, member of board of directors, 1997–2002.

MEMBER: Canon Law Society of America.


Celtic Christianity: A Sacred Tradition, a Vision of Hope, Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 1998.

Discovering God in All: A Retreat with St. Patrick, St. Anthony Messenger Press (Cincinnati, OH), 2000.

Celtic Quest, Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 2000.

The Story of Glastonbury: A Short History of the Benedictines of Hingham, 2003.

Contributor to newsletters.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on first-millennium Christian spirituality.

SIDELIGHTS: Timothy J. Joyce told CA: "I am a teacher and like to share thoughts, insights, perspectives with others. My books on Celtic spirituality came out of talks I have given at retreats and workshops.

"I am a wordsmith and love language and good expression. I also have a mind that easily makes connections so I can put words on experiences people already have felt but not yet articulated. I have learned to trust my own feelings and experiences. When I write something abstract, few people identify with it. When I write something personal, many people do.

"When I want to write, I just make myself sit down and begin to write. There is often resistance. Busy work would be preferable. But by just writing, unexpected things happen. I begin to say things that I did not realize I was thinking. To write means to write often. I journal every day to express my thoughts and feelings. I have written newsletters for years. Now I am taking the time to gather manuscripts for publication."

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