R. Tim Grove
Director of Faith Formation
Tim is Director of Faith Formation at St. Patrick. Prior to assuming this responsibility in July 2011, Tim served eight years as Parish Life Minister at St. Patrick.
Tim's duties include: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), adult faith formation [including Bible studies, Fishermen, Welcome Retreat Ministry], Women's Circle, Sacred Library, Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) for Grades One through Six, and Baptism Prep.
Prior to joining the staff of St. Patrick, Tim served 11 years as a staff consultant for the Archdiocese of Louisville's Office of Lifelong Formation and Education. One highlight during those years: Tim served as archdiocesan coordinator of Renew 2000, a three-year spiritual renewal process. At its peak, the renewal involved 69 parishes, 1,000 small group leaders, and nearly 10,000 small group participants.
Tim and his wife, Mindy, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 2019. They have five children -- Morgan, Alanna, Andrew (deceased, 2006), Derek, and Alex Timothy -- in a blended family and five grandchildren, Emilee, Ryann, Lucy, Cora Lillian, and Andrew Buchanan. They live in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Tim is a member at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Sellersburg. Tim has served as a catechist in the RCIA process and has led a weekly lectionary-based men's faith sharing group since 2007.
A native of this region, Tim earned an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a Masters in Theological Studies from St. Meinrad School of Theology. 2018-2019 marks Tim's 31st year as a Catholic lay ecclesial minister. Early in his career, Tim was an award-winning newspaper editor, writer, and photographer for a newspaper group in Peoria, Illinois. Some of his more memorable interviews were with famed big band leader Count Basie and actor William Christopher, who portrayed Father Mulcahy on television's long-running situation comedy "M*A*S*H." Tim also has fond memories of covering the 1982 World Series.