Quentin Jelley, OFM
1910 – 1982
Fr. Quentin Jelley, OFM, was born on March 4, 1910 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1930. He professed temporary vows one year later and made his solemn profession in 1934. Three years later, he was ordained.
He was first assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City before moving to Brookline, Mass., in 1945 to serve in retreat ministry. One decade after his ordination, Fr. Quentin joined the Province’s Mission Band and worked out of Loudonville, N.Y., Greenwood Lake, N.Y., and Butler, N.J. He served in the Mission Band for 29 years and was a popular preacher of parish missions. He eventually retired to St. Anthony Friary, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Fr. Quentin was witty, energetic and extroverted. He was a warm and friendly friar who enjoyed being the life of the party among his brothers. He loved being with the friars.
He died on Oct. 8, 1982 in Chilton Hospital, Pompton Plains, N.J. Fr. Quentin was 72 years old, a professed friar for 51 years and a priest for 45 years.