WHITE PLAINS, NY --Archbishop Stepinac High School has named the Rev. Timothy Wiggins, a native of Port Chester, as its chaplain.
Stepinac President Rev. Thomas Collins, in a statement, said: "We are very proud to welcome the remarkably talented Father Tim as our chaplain. His reputation for building communities of faith and making a difference in the lives of so many will no doubt be an inspiration to our students and to the entire Stepinac family."
"His presence is truly a blessing for our school,'' Collins said.
Rev. Wiggins' journey to the Catholic priesthood began several years after he graduated from Port Chester High School in 1982. First, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant management from Denver University. And then, for nearly 10 years, Wiggins worked for several food service companies including the Marriott Corporation.
During this period, he also worked as a cook for the priests who resided at Our Lady of Mercy to help pay off his college loans. It was at this parish that Wiggins answered the call to the priesthood.
A former Methodist who converted to Catholicism, Wiggins began his pre-theological studies at the Newman Residence in Riverdale, N.Y. Four years later, he received a master's degree in Divinity from St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers.
He was ordained on May 18, 2002, at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan.
Wiggins' first pastoral assignment was as associate pastor at St. Peter's Church in Monticello, N.Y., from 2002-03, followed by a 10-year tenure as associate pastor at St. John the Evangelist in White Plains, ending in 2013. More recently, Wiggins served as administrator of Our Lady of Mercy.
Wiggins said, ”I would like for the young men to see religion not only as an academic subject, but as a way of life always incorporating the values of Jesus Christ into their lives.”
In his free time, "Father Tim" said he enjoys listening to religious and classical music, singing, taking long walks and, of course, the one activity that led to the priesthood: cooking.
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