By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
This Day in Bonaventure History
The name Bishop Timon may sound familiar for Western New Yorkers, especially those in Buffalo. But one of Timon’s greatest achievements often goes unnoticed.
John Timon was born in Conewago, Pa., in 1797. His family then spent time in Baltimore, Louisville and St. Louis. After his family lost all its wealth to a financial crisis, he chose to become a priest. He was ordained in 1825.
He helped church leaders organize the Catholic diocese in Texas until he was appointed bishop of the new Diocese of Buffalo in 1847. He grew the diocese slowly but realized he needed more priests. This started the chain of events that led to the creation of St. Bonaventure University.
His friend, Nicholas Devereux, a Utica, N.Y. businessman, helped him achieve this by donating land in Allegany, N.Y. to be used for the establishment of a Franciscan university.
It was on this day that Bishop Timon died.