Remembering Fr. W. Timothy Cuny, O.S.A. (1942-2017)


It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Fr. W. Timothy Cuny, OSA, passed away late Friday night, December 15.  He was 75. He had struggled during the past five years with amyloidosis, a leukemia-like condition in which the bone  marrow produces blood with too much of the protein amyloid. 

Funeral arrangements are:

Monday, December 18

At St. Anthony Village / 203 W. Franciscan Dr. / Crown Point, IN 46307-4802

Visitation: 3 - 4 p.m.
Mass: 4 p.m.

Tuesday, December 19

At St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel / 7740 S. Western Ave. / Chicago, IL 60620-5867

Visitation: 3 - 7 p.m.
Mass: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 20

At Holy Sepulchre Cemetery / 6001 W 111th St. / Alsip, IL 60803

Burial: 11 a.m.

Life of Fr. Cuny

William Timothy Cuny was born in 1942 in Evanston, Illinois.  His parents were Charles H. Cuny and Cecilia D. Cuny. 

He is a graduate of Mendel Catholic High School, Chicago, Illinois.  He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Tolentine College, Olympia Fields, Illinois, an S.T.L. from Colegio Santa Monica, Rome, Italy and a Master in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. 

He entered the Augustinian Novitiate September 3, 1961, made his profession of temparayr vows September 4, 1962 and professed solemn (perpetual) vows September 4, 1965.  He was ordained a priest August 28, 1970.

He has served as Associate Pastor at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan (1970-1971, 1988-1992 and 2002-2006), Teacher at Augustinian Academy, St. Louis, Missouri (1971-1972), Teacher at St. Augustine Seminary, Holland, Michigan (1972-1976), Province Vocation Director (1976-1979 and 1992-1999), Associate Pastor at St. Mary Parish, Independence, Missouri (1979-1983), Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception/St. Henry Parish, St. Louis, Missouri (1983-1984), Director of Pre-Novitiate Formation at Mendel Monastery, Chicago, Illinois (1984-1988), Parochial Vicar at St. Jude Parish, New Lenox, Illinois (1999-2000), Administrator and later Pastor of St. Gregory Parish, Cambridge, Ontario (2000-2002), Director of the Province Mission Office at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Monastery, Olympia Fields, Illinois (2006-2008), and as Administrator and later Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Douglas, Michigan (2008-2013).

In addition he was Prior (local superior) of the Augustinian community during his time at Immaculate Conception/St. Henry and at Mendel Monastery.

Father Cuny also served as community treasurer while at Immaculate Conception/St. Henry Parish, St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Monastery, Olympia Fields, Illinois, where he resided when he was Vocation Director, and at St. Gregory.

Father Cuny was diagnosed with a leukemia-like condition called amyloidosis.  His bone  marrow produces blood with too much of the protein amyloid.  This caused his heart to become stiff and unable to pump blood adequately.  For that reason, he  resigned as Pastor of St. Peter Parish, effective July 1, 2013.

He was assigned de familia to the Augustinian community at St. Matthew Parish, Flint, Michigan, while residing with permission in Macomb, Michigan from August 1, 2014 through October 30, 2014.  Effective November 1, 2014, he was assigned to Marylake Monastery, King City, Ontario.  In both these locations he provided sacramental ministries in various parishes and Catholic schools, as needed and as his health allowed.

In June, 2015, Father Cuny was assigned to Bl. Stephen Bellesini Friary, Crown Point, Indiana.  He assisted in the care of the elderly and infirm friars there and provided sacramental ministries as needed.

His heart function continued its gradual decline.  In December, 2017 he entered Hospice care.