BONNERS FERRY — Msgr. Timothy (Malachy) J. O’Donovan, longtime pastor at St. Joseph’s, Sandpoint, and the oldest living priest in the diocese, died Sept. 17. He was 91.
He was born Feb. 6, 1923, in Oakland, Calif., to Patrick W. and Katherine Anne (O’Donovan) O’Donovan. He attended high school at St. Joseph High School, Alameda, Calif., and college at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, and Mission San Luis Rey College, Oceanside, Calif. He took theology at Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif. He was ordained as a Franciscan by Los Angeles Cardinal James F. McIntyre, in Old Mission Santa Barbara on Dec. 27, 1949.
He was received in the Diocese of Boise on Jan. 7, 1957, and was incardinated as a priest of the diocese on Jan. 17, 1961.
His assignments included assistant pastor, St. Mary’s, Caldwell (1957-58); and temporary administrator at St. George’s, Post Falls (1958-61). He served as pastor at St. George’s and its missions (1961-71); at St. Joseph’s, Sandpoint and Sacred Heart, Clark Fork (1971-83); St. Catherine’s, Priest River and St. Blanche’s, Priest Lake (1983-84); and St. Alphonsus, Wallace and St. Michael’s, Mullan (1984-87) before retiring in 1987.
He was named a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness by St. John Paul II on Sept. 4, 2008.
A vigil service will be held Sept. 23 in St. Ann’s, Bonners Ferry, at 7 p.m., and Sept. 24 in St. Joseph’s, Sandpoint, at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph’s.