Name: Father Timothy Regan
Years ordained: 18 years
Current assignment: Priest-chaplain for Genesis Medical Center, Davenport
How did you know you were being called to priesthood?
I had an early desire for the priesthood because I went to St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Grade School in Green Bay, Wis. I went through a long period of doubting myself and my abilities, but came to realize that the call could not be denied. So I finally responded to the call at the age of 37. (I had previously spent most of my time working at hospitals in one capacity or another.)
Aside from your ordination Mass, what was your most memorable Mass?
A Sunday Mass I offered in Brno, a city in the Czech Republic. This was shortly after the fall of hard-line Communism. I was able to offer Mass for a group of nuns who were at the convent in that city. It was such a joyful occasion for them to be able to celebrate Mass in the open with the priest. (I was with a pilgrimage and we were traveling through some of that area.)
What is most rewarding about being a priest?
Helping people to reconcile with themselves and with God. Especially in my ministry here at the hospital, this seems to be one of the most important things I can do. Once people have been reconciled, it’s amazing how much easier they can accept what must happen to them, or how much it speeds their recovery.
What is most challenging about being a priest?
Trying to help people who have given up on God or life, or who cannot believe in the possibility of forgiveness or redemption.
What is your favorite Scripture passage?
Azariah’s prayer in the furnace in the Book of Daniel, Chapter 3:26-41. This is when the three young men are cast in the furnace. Azariah says a prayer acknowledging how people have turned away from God. It speaks powerfully to me of the world today and our call to unite in self-sacrifice with Christ.
What is your hobby?
I like reading, gardening, needlepoint and when I get the chance, I enjoy long walks in nature, especially on deserted beaches.