Local deacon’s book, ‘Another Set of Hands,’ republished
By Nissa LaPoint
Title: “Another Set of Hands: A Collection of Short Diaconal Stories”
The role and function of the diaconate may still be a mystery to some Catholics.
Educating the faithful about the more personal aspect of the ministry is what Deacon Tom Quinlan hopes to accomplish with his book, “Another Set of Hands: A Collection of Short Diaconal Stories.”
Quinlan, a 75-year-old retired deacon living in Conifer, released a second printing of his book that shares his personal diaconate journey and experiences with life, death and faith.
“At the outset you could say that the book is about me, but it is really about what I do and what I did,” Deacon Quinlan said. “You can take my name out of every story and put your parish deacon’s name in there and the story would still be accurate and honestly relayed.”
The book is a collection of 36 short stories beginning with his call to the diaconate in 1977. He began his service 33 years ago in 1979 after he was ordained and was first assigned to the Diocese of San Angelo, Texas. He later studied at the now-closed St. Thomas Seminary in Denver and graduated with the class of 1987.
Since that time he ministered at various parishes in the Denver Archdiocese including Good Shepherd Parish in Denver, St. Jude Parish in Lakewood, Christ the King Parish in Evergreen and Our Lady of the Pines in Conifer.
The diaconate itself has changed since he first entered the ministry, but he said the stories are timeless.
“I think a few of my stories are humorous, some are sad, many are happy, (but) I hope all show how God interacts in our lives, almost on a daily basis,” Deacon Quinlan said.
He is donating all proceeds from book sales to Christ the King Parish’s youth group. Books can be purchased by mail or in person at the parish’s bookstore.
For more information, email Deacon Quinlan at firstname.lastname@example.org.