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Our mission

Holy Family Parish Community exists to give glory to God, foster the personal holiness of its members and to bring Christ to the World.


Our vision

An integrated parish, creating opportunities for utilising the gifts of all its members in implementing its Mission Statement.

Priests:

Canon Tim O'Sullivan, VF

Parish Priest

Fr Tim was born in 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. before moving at the age of 2 months to County Kerry, Eire. He is the eldest of six children. He studied for the priesthood at Kilkenny College and was ordained on 4 June 1961 for the Diocese of Nottingham.

His first appointment was as Assistant Priest at St Mary’s, Derby under the tutelage of the then Parish Priest, Monsignor Humphrey Wilson. Since then Fr Tim has been Assistant Priest at Holy Souls, Scunthorpe, and at St Mary’s, Worksop. In 1972 he was appointed Parish Priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Mickleover, Derby, and then in 1976 moved to Holy Trinity Parish, Newark.

He returned to St Mary’s, Derby in 1993 and can often be seen riding his bike around the parish when visiting his parishioners. He was appointed Vicar Forane in 1997, the definition of which is “a priest who by a bishop's appointment exercises limited jurisdiction over the clergy in a district of a diocese.”  As Dean Fr Tim exercises ‘limited jurisdiction’ over the other Catholic clergy in Derby. In 2000 he was made Canon of the Cathedral Chapter. His main interests outside of the parish are golf, the Kerry football team and his extended family – not necessarily in that order.

 

Father Neil Peoples

Assistant Priest

Father Neil Peoples was born in 1982, in Leicester to Irish parents and is the youngest of three children. Before becoming a priest, Fr Neil worked for the jewellers ‘Goldsmiths’, mainly in the accounts department. He trained for the priesthood at St Mary’s College, Oscott, in Birmingham. The highlight of his time there was the visit of Pope Benedict XVI for the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in 2010.

He was ordained Priest for the Diocese of Nottingham on 6th July 2013, in his home parish of St Peter’s in Leicester.

His first appointment was as curate at the Cathedral Church of St Barnabas and the parish of St Augustine of England in Nottingham. During his time in Nottingham he helped to run the Nightfever Events at the Cathedral and to organise coaches to the March for Life in Birmingham.

Fr Neil is a great lover of music including country, rock, 80’s pop and Eurovision!

His big passion is football and he is a season ticket holder at Leicester City (the Champions of England ‘2016’) and his mood will very much depend on how the Foxes have done that weekend.