Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

A Hero in Our Midst

November 4, 2013

  By Jane Ngugi, CCAO Intern

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians 3:12:

I watch CNN heroes devotedly. Often I feel inspired by everyday people doing astonishing deeds. In our modern society, popular media often venerates people for their appearance, image, or those with attention-grabbing vices and addictions. Everyday people who have devoted themselves to serving and caring for society’s marginalized population hardly ever get noticed at all. I believe that these kind of people merit respect and appreciation.

I had the opportunity of meeting one such person, Father Tim Mulroy, SSC, who was on a brief visit to our CCAO office in Washington D.C. He is the U.S. Regional Director for the Columban Fathers and he is based in the main headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. He was kind enough to share with us his experience as a Columban Father who has devoted his life to serving others. He is a steadfast disciple, an adherent of Christ’s noble teachings, yet he is so modest and amicable. If the world had enough people like him it would be a utopian society.

Father Tim is indeed a hero. As Robert South once stated, “If there be any truer measure of a person than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.”