He was a star center fielder, voted MVP on both his high school and college baseball teams. He was also the starting point guard on his college club basketball team. An ardent Houston Texans fan, he grew up playing and watching football in Texas.
Meet the Rev. Mr. Timothy Mouton, C.S.C., or “Deacon Tim” as he’s known on campus since joining the Stonehill Campus Ministry team in July.
At age 26, Deacon Tim serves as athletic chaplain and director for Into the Streets. He also assists in retreats and is in charge of weddings at the Chapel of Mary. A resident of the Holy Cross Center, aka “The Sem,” Mouton is also teaching a First-Year Experience course and will serve as an assistant coach for the baseball team.
“I love being a young religious on a college campus. Being able to walk alongside students as they go through some of the first major transitions of their lives is amazing,” said Mouton, who earned his Bachelor’s in Theology and Philosophy in 2010 from the University of Notre Dame, and his Masters of Divinity from the university in 2014.
Mouton — who will be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in April — discovered Stonehill in 2013 while doing service work at My Brother’s Keeper, which borders the campus. After learning more about the College, he altered his long-time plans to become a parish priest to serve as a campus minister instead.
“I just loved Stonehill’s Holy Cross community, its faculty and staff, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know the students,” said Mouton.
As an athletic chaplain, Mouton travels with the Skyhawks football team to pray before and after games. He is also an assistant baseball coach for Head Coach Pat Boen. “That’s been a lot of fun so far; we have a great group of guys,” he said.
“I like connecting with students through sports because their mindset is team-oriented. Student-athletes (are) in a situation where their minds are already on the bigger picture, which makes it that much easier for me to help them think about the biggest picture of all: God.”
The most important part of his job as a young deacon is “simply to be there. I show up (to support) the students in whatever they do — whether that’s attending an RA program, standing on the sidelines for games or just having lunch in the caf,” he said.
Being in his twenties, he has the obvious connection of being in the same generation as college students he serves. He wants to inspire them, but they also inspire him.
“Every day, I see something that encourages me that these students are going to make the world a better place. The potential of these young people to be good, loving people is tremendous,” he said. “It’s incredibly humbling to be able to see people who are so passionate about what they love, to see them working hard to turn those passions into realities.”
Born in Houston in 1987, Mouton comes from a large Texan family. One of six kids, his father Marty was one of 16; his mother Paula was one of 10.
“I have about 90 cousins,” he quipped.
An athletic kid, he played sports year-round. He also played the trumpet, and when he got older, played in Notre Dame’s marching band.
“By no means did I always feel called to serve as a priest,” said Mouton. When he was 9, one of his uncles was ordained as a Holy Cross priest, which “made the idea of being a priest not a completely foreign idea, but it was never something I felt particularly called to do.”
Then, during his junior year of high school — a time when discussions of what-to-do-next traditionally begin to pop up in classrooms and around kitchen tables — Mouton began “to notice God calling me to come closer to Him.”
“When I went to visit the undergraduate seminary at Notre Dame, I got a good idea of a sense of family that these men had with one another; that they were just normal guys like me, trying to respond to that call they felt to follow the Lord,” he said.
“When I heard the call, I was ready to respond to it. And I can’t imagine my life any differently,” he added.