Fr. James Quinlan was ordained May 12, 1976, in the Archdiocese of Chicago, where he grew up in a family of 10 children. Before entering the seminary, Fr. Quinlan worked as a market research consultant for a multinational firm in Chicago, New York City and London. After his ordination, he served as an associate pastor at various Illinois parishes until he became pastor of a multicultural parish in Maywood, Illinois — a position he held for 21 years. During that time, Fr. Quinlan also served as vice-chairman of the Association of Chicago Priests and designed the layout, organization and procedures for special Pre-Cana programs for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The archdiocese presented him with the Augustus Tolton Award for his ministry and service to the African American community.
After retiring from the Archdiocese of Chicago, Fr. moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and became an assistant pastor at a parish in the Archdiocese of Miami. He served as an instructor teaching religion to recovery classes at Broward Outreach Center, a halfway house.
Fr. Quinlan currently resides in Cathedral City, California, and for the past 11 years he has used his excellent teaching and oratory skills to further the mission of Cross Catholic Outreach and its programs to help the poorest of the poor around the world.