“His experience of being displaced and their experience of being displaced helped him relate to them. I think it was one of the reasons he was most effective,” Wolf said.
Quant was preparing to leave Sacred Heart in June to become pastor of St. Eugene Catholic Church, 2400 W Hefner Road, as part of clergy reassignments authorized by the archbishop.
Wolf said most people saw Quant's jovial nature more often than his serious side. One of his Sacred Heart parishioners, Sandra Castillo McBroom, shared similar sentiments.
“He was a very happy person and he told a lot of jokes every time you saw him,” McBroom said.
She said she saw Quant on Sunday and spoke to him as he was enjoying tacos at a carnival event after Mass. She said he told her he was very happy at the church because it had been his dream to become a priest of a church linked to a school. McBroom said someone showed her a video of Quant dancing to mariachi music with students at Sacred Heart School.
“We will miss him,” she said.
The Rev. Rick Stansberry, pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in Nichols Hills, said he attended seminary with Quant, who quickly became known as a practical joker.
Stansberry said he and Quant served on an archdiocesan tribunal for 15 years, and Quant “was a brilliant canon lawyer.”
“He was just a wonderful guy. There was a great deal of admiration for him around here,” Stansberry said. “It's just a sad deal.”