Bishop Francis Quinn Bio
Francis Anthony Quinn (September 11, 1921 – March 21, 2019) was an American Roman Catholic prelate who served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento from 1980 to 1993.
Bishop Francis Quinn Trivia Quick Info
|Bishop Francis Quinn Personal Wiki/BIo|
|Born||September 11, 1921
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||March 21, 2019 (aged 97)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Previous post||Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco|
Bishop Francis Quinn Background
Born in Los Angeles, California, he graduated from St. Joseph’s Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on June 15, 1946. He earned an MA in education from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1947 and an Ed.D from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1962.
Quinn was a teacher at Serra High School, San Mateo, and a counselor at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, San Francisco, before becoming an assistant superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1955. He was an editor for the San Francisco Monitor in 1962 and was appointed pastor of St. Gabriel’s Church in 1970.
Bishop Francis Quinn as Bishop
Under Pope John Paul II, Quinn has consecrated an auxiliary bishop of San Francisco on June 29, 1978, and installed as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento on December 18, 1979.
From 1980-1992, seven new parishes, several missions, two elementary schools, and one high school were established. He oversaw a 10-year pastoral plan for the diocese as well as a spiritual renewal program, reorganized the deanery structure, initiated a diocesan pastoral council, and celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the diocese.
Quinn inspired and encouraged women to lead in parish governance, educational, liturgical, financial and social ministries. He also activated lay individuals to continue their formation and assume leadership roles in various groups and movements. He supported the launch of an AIDS hospice and he protested the death penalty on the steps of the Capitol and at prison gates. He also spoke up regarding nuclear disarmament, immigration policies, and many foreign issues.
Bishop Quinn High School in Palo Cedro, California, is named in his honor but closed in 2008 from low enrollment.
Bishop Francis Quinn Retirement and death
Quinn retired in 1993, and spent several years with the Yaquis in Arizona. In 2007, he returned to the Diocese of Sacramento. He took up residence at Mercy McMahon Terrace, a residence for seniors run by the Sisters of Mercy in midtown Sacramento, and continued to serve as an activist for social justice and human rights issues, especially for the poor.
Quinn died on March 21, 2019, at the age of 97. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living bishop in the United States.
Bishop Francis Quinn Death and Cause
Sacramento Bishop Emeritus Francis Quinn, who was the oldest Catholic bishop in the United States, died Thursday at the age of 97.
Quinn served as the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento from 1979 to 1993.
“Bishop Quinn was also dearly possessed by the many who admired and loved him, Catholics and non-Catholics alike,” said Rev. Jaime Soto, Roman Catholic bishop of Sacramento, in a statement.
Ordained in 1946, Quinn served 73 years as a priest, 41 of which as bishop. He served in the San Francisco Archdiocese in several capacities before his episcopal ordination as an auxiliary bishop of San Francisco in 1978. In 1979, he was selected to come to Sacramento.
Quinn published a “fictionalized memoir” called “Behind Closed Doors: Conflicts in Today’s Church” in 2015. He joined Insight With Beth Ruyak to discuss the book, issues of sexuality within the priesthood and his description of God in September of that year.
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