Tom Quinlan


Tom Quinlan has a heart for parish catechetical leadership, having served as parish DRE (in the Chicago Archdiocese) and diocesan director (in Joliet, Illinois) for 25 years. He now serves in leadership formation, adult formation, evangelization, and pastoral renewal for the 24 parishes in the Des Moines metro area. Tom is particularly committed to bringing an evangelizing catechesis to family and parent formation ministry in our country. He has spoken in dioceses across the U.S. and Canada and is the author of three books, including Excellence in Ministry: Best Practices for Successful Catechetical Leadership (Loyola Press, 2017). Tom and his wife, Kristi (a former DRE), are loving life in Iowa with their two little boys, Danny and Matthew.