Quintin A. Neyland, OFM
1919 – 2007
Fr. Quintin A. Neyland, OFM, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 6, 1919, and graduated from the Baldwin Public High School, Baldwin, N.Y. Perhaps inspired by his older brother, Francis (Fr. Christopher Neyland, OFM), Tom also decided that the friar’s life was for him, and entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., in 1938, where he studied for two years.
On Aug. 12, 1940, he was received into the Franciscan Order at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., and professed first vows there on Aug. 13, 1941. After completing his philosophical studies at St. Stephen Friary, Croghan, N.Y., and St. Anthony Friary, Butler, N.J., he studied theology at Holy Name College, Washington, D.C., where he professed solemn vows Sept. 17, 1944. On June 9, 1946, he was ordained a priest in Mount St. Sepulchre Friary Church in Washington, D.C.
In 1947, Fr. Quintin’s received his first assignment as associate at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, Mass., where he remained until 1967. He then became pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in West Milford, N.J., from 1967 to 1973. Following his time there, he served at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wanaque, N.J., from 1973 to 1976.
In 1976, Fr. Quintin returned to service church ministry, this time at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City, where he served faithfully as parochial vicar until 1998. He then retired from active ministry, remaining in residence at St. Francis until 2003, when he moved to St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J.
For more than 50 years, Fr. Quintin, aka “Moose,” dedicated his Franciscan ministry to the spiritual care of the faithful. During his 20 years as assistant at St. Anthony Shrine, his ministry was marked by commitment, availability and compassionate sensitivity to people’s spiritual needs.
When he left the Shrine, Fr. Quintin then took these qualities wherever he served and brought a warm Franciscan welcome to the New Jersey and New York parishes he served at. Among his ministries, he served as spiritual assistant to Secular Franciscan fraternities in Rockaway, N.Y., and Philadelphia. Nothing, not even inclement weather nor advancing years, could deter him from sharing his Franciscan vision with the tertiaries, even during his retirement. He also enjoyed travels with his pilgrims as a chaplain for the Franciscan Family Circle. His warm smile, sense of humor and sincere spirituality deeply affected everyone he served.
Fr. Quintin died May 30, 2007, in his room at St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J. He was 88 years old, a professed Franciscan friar for 65 years and a priest for 60.