|Brandon Quigley, the new assistant director of the Catholic Youth Office of the Diocese of Nashville, is pictured with a young student during a mission trip to Haiti last April. Quigley led a group of young people from St. Rose of Lima Parish in Murfreesboro on their first mission trip to their sister parish, Notre Dame de la Merci in Robillard, Haiti. In his new position, Quigley hopes to lead future mission trips and pilgrimages for diocesan teens.
Brandon Quigley, recently hired by the Diocese of Nashville as the new assistant director of youth ministry, has “hit the ground running,” attending the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry this week in San Antonio, and gearing up for his first SEARCH retreat weekend Dec. 12-14.
From now until the end of the month, Quigley, “the new Sally” – Corby, that is – will be “cramming three decades of her knowledge into one month before she retires.”
Corby, the longtime assistant director of youth ministry, is known across the diocese for her many years of working with teens, especially through the SEARCH program. She is helping Quigley transition into his new position before she officially retires at the end of December. Quigley will work alongside Bill Staley, director of youth ministry for the diocese, and Father Nick Allen, chaplain.
Quigley, who has been director of youth ministry at St. Rose of Lima Church in Murfreesboro for the last two-and-a-half years, said he is eager to reach even more Catholic teens and youth in his new position with the diocese. “It’s an exciting time to be Catholic in Nashville,” he said, with a variety of ministries available to teens and adults.
He is especially looking forward to the move next spring to the new Catholic Pastoral Center in Donelson, where the youth ministry office will have the ability to expand its offerings and have a bigger, better, more centralized space for teens to gather. Right now, located in a small office at the Cathedral, the youth office has nowhere to host events or even small gatherings.
Part of Quigley’s new job will be “creating relationships with teens, youth ministers, and pastors” in parishes and schools across the diocese. “I want to be a resource to strengthen connections between them,” he said.
Quigley, a lifelong Catholic, was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., but spent most of his life in Arizona. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Communication from Arizona State University in Tempe and his certification in Youth Ministry from the University of Steubenville in Ohio.
He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Murfreesboro and are parishioners at St. Rose.
While serving as director of youth ministry at St. Rose, Quigley organized the first-ever mission trip for the youth of the parish to visit St. Rose’s sister parish in Haiti, Notre Dame de la Merci in Robillard, Haiti. “It was truly one of the most blessed weeks I’ve had as youth minister,” he said.
He already has another mission trip planned for Holy Week of 2015. In the future, Quigley said he would love to lead mission trips and pilgrimages for the youth of the diocese to Haiti, Rome and beyond.
One of Quigley’s favorite things about working in youth ministry is “seeing the transformation happen in kids.” Often, he sees teens who come to a retreat or event “not wanting to be there, but they end up on fire with faith,” he said. Working with teens, he said, “is a constant reminder that the church is young and vibrant.”