Fr. Bill Sings | Music Ministry & Books | Priest, Songwriter & Author


Fr. Bill Sings

Fr. Bill Quinlivan loves music, but first and foremost he is a priest. Ordained to serve God’s people, he enjoys writing and singing music and finds himself sharing thoughts/reflections and witnessing what the grace of the Lord God shows him. Yes, Father Bill sings… but he does funerals, weddings, hears confessions, blesses pets, gives talks… He even wrote this intro!


Fr. Bill Quinlivan

Welcome to my website! I am a Catholic priest in Buffalo, New York who happens to write songs, prayers and books. I’ve recorded 10 CDs worth of music, like to produce homemade music videos and I can make my mother’s recipe for chocolate fudge. (Oh—did I tell you I also used to be a professional comedy writer?)  On this site I have entered the art of the blog. And much of the photography here is mine. My website is simply a way to share some of my creative endeavors.

The Lord is my “boss” for almost 25 years.  Whatever gifts/talents I have come from Him, therefore ALL the glory goes to Him. I simply try to let Him use me while I often find that His ways amuse me. Hope you each have a chance to experience that in your life, to see that we’re all Made to Praise Him… and our calling is Finding My/Our Song.


Fr. Bill Quinlivan


I Call You Brothers

Released November 2019

Jump for Joy!

Released December 2017


Released August 2014 

Mercy Songs / Mercy Prayers

Released February 2012

Lives of Praise

Released June 2009

Priest of Mine

Released September 2008

Blanket of Stars

Released October 2007

Paintbrush in the Green

Released June 2006

Upcoming Events

If you or your church would like to contact Fr. Bill for some ministry (concerts, holy hours, healing masses, etc.) please visit the contact page.

April 10th, 2020

Good Friday Prayer and Songs at the Foot of the Cross

St. Martin of Tours | 1140 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220

Join Fr. Bill and friends at the St. Martin of Tours at 7pm as he leads songs and prayers. Contact Fr. Bill or visit the St. Martin Parish website to learn more. All are welcome to join!


Released October 2014

Made to Praise Him: Finding My Song

Made to Praise Him: Finding My Song invites you into the adventures of a Catholic priest discovering his calling, and the mysterious ways God uses our main interests/passions within a vocation to further His kingdom while enriching our lives. Sprinkled with Irish wit and stories of inspiration, Made to Praise is Fr. Bill’s life story/priestly vocation/music ministry story.


Released November 2016

Coming Home to Christmas Through Advent

Coming Home to Christmas Through Advent is a series of essays to help people reflect, pray and sing their way through the most joyous seasons, however, for many, difficult days. There are chapters with Advent reflections, a section of original Advent and Christmas prayers and a number of chapters in the Christmas spirit. Fr. Bill is a songwriter as well as a pastor, and music is an important part of his ministry to God’s people. This collection of stories and songs should help people of all faiths, and hopefully even those with little or no particular religion to ponder the meaning and joy of Christmas.


Fr. Bill’s Blog

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Feature in the “National Catholic Register”

Feature in the “National Catholic Register”

‘I Call You Brothers’ — Priest Brings Consolation Through Music The recent revelations about clerical sex abuse allegations in the Diocese of Buffalo have certainly shaken and affected many good priests. Among them is Father Quinlivan, who is pastor of two parishes —...

Feature in “WKBW Buffalo

Feature in “WKBW Buffalo

South Buffalo pastor authors songs in response to Catholic Church scandals Veteran-priest hopes to offer encouragement to abuse victims and other priests struggling to live their vocation. BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Fr. Bill Quinlivan, pastor at St. Martin of Tours and...

The Sliver of a Memory

THE SLIVER OF A MEMORY….  The first time I ever sat in on a songwriting session was probably 1994. As a seminarian assigned to St. Mary of the Lake parish in Hamburg, New York, I was invited to a musician’s home for dinner. A married couple from the “folk group”...


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