Timothy Gallagher

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Timothy M. Gallagher

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OrdinationPriest, June 17, 1979
Personal details
Born(1954-07-16)July 16, 1954
ProfessionSeptember 15, 1978
EducationDoctorate in Spiritual Theology, 1983, Pontifical Gregorian University

Timothy M. Gallagher OVM is an American Roman Catholic priest and the Denver-based author of many bestselling books on the theology and spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola, and other themes of the spiritual life. [1] He served for twelve years in formation of seminarians, for ten years as provincial superior of his Catholic religious congregation, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and since 2000, has been dedicated to a ministry of writing, public speaking, retreats, digital events, and spiritual direction.



Timothy M. Gallagher was ordained to the priesthood in 1979 as a member of the Congregation of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. [2] In 1983, he obtained his doctorate from The Pontifical Gregorian University, [2] and became a spiritual director and retreat leader. He has taught at St. John's Seminary, Brighton, and Our Lady of Grace Seminary Residence, Boston, both in Massachusetts. In 2015, Father Gallagher accepted the St. Ignatius Chair for Spiritual Formation at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. [3] He has written over twenty books on spiritual themes, published articles in Catholic periodicals, appears frequently on Catholic television, and records many podcasts, radio interviews, series on YouTube, and virtual events used throughout the English-speaking Catholic world.


Since 2005, he has written a series of books on core topics in Ignatian spirituality, including discernment of spirits, discernment of God's will, discernment in the married vocation and in priesthood, the Examen prayer, contemplation and meditation. The Examen Prayer, honored by the Catholic Press Association, was the first to appear on the national Catholic bestseller list. [4] The Discernment of Spirits was later made into a 26-part CatholicTV series. [2] Subsequently, TV series were also produced on The Examen Prayer, Meditation and Contemplation, and Discerning the Will of God.

In 2013, Fr. Gallagher published a biography of the Venerable Bruno Lanteri entitled: Begin Again: The Life and Spiritual Legacy of Bruno Lanteri. [5] This is his third book on the Venerable Lanteri, joining two others written in the 1980s. He has published two further books on Venerable Bruno Lanteri, Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement: the Wisdom and Spiritual Power of Venerable Bruno Lanteri (2019), [6] and A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass: the Eucharistic Wisdom of Venerable Bruno Lanteri (2020). [7] In 2016, Fr. Gallagher published a small, popular title about Venerable Bruno Lanteri via the Discerning Hearts ministry, containing spiritual counsels from his life and writings. [8]

He has also written two books on the Liturgy of the Hours, Praying the Liturgy of the Hours: A Personal Experience (2014), [9] [1] and A Layman's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours: How the Prayers of the Church Can Change Your Life (2019). [10]

He has written further books for assistance in the spiritual life: When You Struggle in the Spiritual Life: An Ignatian Path to Freedom (2021) [11] and Struggles in the Spiritual Life: Their Nature and Their Remedies (2022). [12]

Many of his books are published in other languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Polish, and Latvian.


Ignatian titles on Discernment and Prayer

On Venerable Bruno Lanteri

On the Liturgy of the Hours

On Themes of the Spiritual Life

TV Series

Fr. Gallagher produced these broadcast conferences with EWTN.


Fr. Gallagher produced these podcasts with Discerning Hearts [18] and OMV Productions.

In 2022, the Hallow app published Fr. Gallagher's "Spiritual Exercises" in 28 parts.

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  7. Gallagher, Timothy (2020). A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass: The Eucharistic Wisdom of Venerable Bruno Lanteri. Irondale, AL: EWTN. ISBN   9781682782279.
  8. Gallagher, Timothy (2016). The Venerable Bruno Lanteri: Spiritual Counsels for Life in the World. Discerning Hearts. ISBN   978-0-9886-2704-8.
  9. Gallagher, Timothy (2014). Praying the Liturgy of the Hours. Chicago: Crossroad Publishing Company. ISBN   9780824520434.
  10. Gallagher, Timothy (2019). A Layman's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours: How the Prayers of the Church can Change Your Life. Irondale, AL: EWTN. ISBN   9781682780756.
  11. Gallagher, Timothy (2021). When You Struggle in the Spiritual Life Subtitle: An Ignatian Path to Freedom. New York: Crossroad. ISBN   9780824597023.
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