Project Timothy revitalized faith for 2023 program participant

Project Timothy participants engaged in the Called and Gifted discernment process from the Catherine of Siena Institute as part of their formation journey this past year. (Photo by Sr. Marta Piano)

By Ally Bitz, Project Timothy 2023 participant

Project Timothy was exactly what I needed this past year.

I had come to a place in my faith journey where I was constantly giving rather than receiving. Although this place of giving and volunteering brought life, I felt that I was starting to burn out, and my faith growth was slow.

Through Project Timothy, I was revitalized, as it was a place where I finally was able to receive formation needed to deepen my faith that I had been missing for the past couple years.

Launched in 2021 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Project Timothy is a mentorship and formation program for young adults, supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, and coordinated by diocesan Evangelization and Mission Leader John Hickey and Sr. Marta Piano of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity.

Recruitment is now underway for the 2023-24 program. For more information email John Hickey at or call (306) 659-5847.

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Before Project Timothy, I felt that I had reached a certain limit in my faith experience but, Project Timothy opened my eyes to a whole dimension of my faith I was not even aware of. Through discovering the charisms of the Holy Spirit, I was deeply inspired and stirred for holiness and mission in a way I had never thought possible.

I had no idea that how the Lord calls me to set the world on fire could be so personal, unique, enjoyable, and catered to my own talents, personality, and gifts.

Project Timothy balanced the need for personal holiness and self-discovery with how to use that as fuel to evangelize and build up the Church.

I no longer see evangelization, mission, and a call to sainthood as the same blueprint used by everyone but that there is a unique mission Jesus has called me to that brings joy to my life and fits my own desires and passions.

I have never been so inspired to use my life and charisms for the world as I do now. Project Timothy was the perfect way to help me step into the next phase of life and faith as I transition from my final year of university to the workforce and parish involvement.

Supported by gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, Project Timothy is a diocesan young adult program coordinated by John Hickey and Sr. Marta Piano.