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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.

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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 Peter Ingman

Fr Peter was born in Scunthorpe in 1950, one of three sons born to an English father and an Irish mother. He attended St Bernadette’s Primary School and Scunthorpe (then) Grammar School. At the age of 18 he began his studies for the priesthood at St Mary’s College, Oscott.

After ordination on 6th July 1974 he started his priestly ministry at St Barnabas Cathedral. However this was not to last long as he was soon sent to Rome for further studies, specialising in Canon Law. When he returned from Rome he worked on a part-time basis on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal, principally as Defender of the Matrimonial Bond.

In addition to his Tribunal responsibilities Fr Peter also worked in a number of parishes around the Diocese. Appointments included St Paul’s, Lenton, with hospital chaplaincy responsibility for the Q.M.C; St Joseph’s, Ripley; St Mary’s, Hyson Green; St Mary’s, South Wigston; and St Hugh’s, Lincoln. Coming to St Mary’s, Derby with Holy Family, Allestree, in February 2008 means that, since going to major seminary, he has had his home in four different St Mary’s!

Fr Peter says that he always likes to learn about the places where he lives and he takes a keen interest in local history. As a non-driver he finds that getting around on foot helps him to get plenty of exercise. Books and reading have always been a great pleasure in his life.