Timothy Gerard McMillan

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Brother Tim was born in Vallejo, Calif. on June 6, 1955. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and, later, worked summers at Yellowstone National Park. ?He earned a degree in Natural Resource Management and worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 10 years.

Tim was involved in prison ministry at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Wash.

He came to Little Portion on June 27, 1992. He made his permanent profession as a celibate monk on Nov. 27, 1997 at Our Lady of the Angels Mission in Nicaragua. While there, he suffered a heart attack, died and was resuscitated

Tim lived a tough life and struggled with various addictions before his conversion to Christ. A man of few words, he was direct.

He was a great teacher and often taught religion classes for young people. He took the youth of Little Portion on several field trips.

In recent years, Tim became an avid flint-knapper and made arrowheads and other objects in the fashion of the Native Americans. He created flint crosses and likenesses of the Little Portion community's symbol, the heart tau.

He will be sadly missed, along with Eli, one of the monastery's faithful dogs who died on the same day.