An article in Catholic Review today discusses Tommy Hunter and his recent conversion to Catholicism. Hunter, who grew up a Methodist, recently received his First Communion and Confirmation from Auxiliary Bishop Denis Maden after taking RCIA classes at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.
“I think it’s cool,” said the 260-pound, 6-foot-3 blond-haired baseball player as he relaxed in the Orioles dugout this spring. “You have something that you’re held accountable for and I think that’s something that’s benefiting me in my life.
“It’s a little more stability in my life,” he added.
Hunter met his wife, Ellen, an Ohio native who is Catholic, about three and a half years ago, and cites her for inspiring him to continue in his faith.
“My wife is definitely there to help me out and guide me along the way, which I couldn’t be more thankful for,” he said. “I was a hot mess before I met her.”
They attended Mass at the cathedral, where they connected with Monsignor J. Bruce Jarboe, the parish rector, who contacted Bishop Madden about confirming the baseball player.
Hunter’s wife, who works as an occupational therapist, served as his sponsor.
“I’ve got some guys on this team who are pretty big believers in faith so it’s easy to be real with people,” Hunter said. “The things we go through, not many other people have to go through, and it’s kind of a unique setting that you get to experience with other guys.”
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.