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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.


Canon Geoffrey Hunton STB BA

Parish Priest

Born in West Hartlepool, County Durham, Canon Geoffrey left school at 16 and worked briefly for Yorkshire Bank. He Joined Taylor Woodrow Construction and worked for several years in administration on a variety of sites and in regional offices. He was made redundant in 1991. In September 1992 he went to Bishop Grossetese College, Lincoln in with a view to training as a primary school teacher. He graduated in July 1996.

After a change in his career plans, in September 1996 he began studies for the priesthood at St Mary’s College Oscott for the Diocese of Nottingham. He was ordained Deacon by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham in 2001 and ordained Priest by Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Bishop of Nottingham, in 2002.

Canon Geoffrey’s first appointment was as Assistant Priest to the Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Nottingham with St Augustine’s, Woodborough Road and Our Lady & St Patrick’s in the Meadows, Nottingham. In January 2006 he was appointed Bishop’s Chaplain to Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP. In September 2011 he was appointed Cathedral Dean and Parish Priest of St Augustine’s, Woodborough Road, and Our Lady & St Patrick’s in the Meadows, Nottingham. After a total of 15 years at the Cathedral at Nottingham, in September 2017 he was appointed Parish Priest of St Mary’s, Derby and Holy Family, Allestree.

He admits to having only a superficial interest in football (Irish or English). He enjoys watching tennis and just wishes he could play! He also enjoys the theatre, concerts, reading – particularly biographies - and history and historical novels.

Canon Tim O'Sullivan

Assistant 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. 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.