Deacon Tony Quinlan
I grew up in an Irish Catholic and multi-cultural community in West London. As I did so, I was involved with various lay ministries whilst discerning a spiritual calling. Eventually I joined the Met Police Civil Staff, before becoming a Police Officer in 1991.
It was when I joined the Police that I met my future wife, Maria. We now have four grown up children, Stephanie, Timothy, Luke, and Joseph.
In 2000 we moved to Bedford where we became part of the community at Holy Cross as parishioners. Both Maria and I continued being involved in parish life, once more in various lay ministries, including the SVP and the Hebron Soup Run at De Parys Ave. This we did together for 16 years.
I entered formation training for the Permanent Deaconate in 2013 and was ordained Permanent Deacon by Bishop Peter Doyle in 2016.
In 2017 I retired from the Met Police as a Sergeant. I am now Catholic Chaplain at Bedford South Wing hospital. I also prepare parents and arrange baptism dates for their infants within the North Bedford Catholic Community Area.
I very much enjoy preaching and bringing the Gospel into the modern contemporary world. (Hopefully our parishioners equally enjoy listening to me!!!)
I hope soon to also become more actively involved in both the SVP’s of Holy Cross and St Philip and St James Parish community.