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Former Maywood Pastor, Msgr. William J. Quinn, Dies Appointed to National Posts by U.S. Bishops

Chicago, IL (November 22, 2004) – Msgr. William J. Quinn, pastor of St. Eulalia Parish in Maywood for 19 years, has died at the age of 89. Msgr. Quinn, who was in frail health for many years, died of natural causes at St. Benedict Home in Niles on Friday, November 19.

Born in 1915 on the city’s northwest side, Msgr. Quinn attended Resurrection School before entering Quigley Preparatory Seminary. He graduated from the University of St. Mary the Lake Seminary in 1941 and was ordained by Cardinal Stritch that year.

Following his ordination, Msgr. Quinn served for five years as an assistant pastor at St. Gall Parish in Chicago before being named chaplain to the Catholic Action Federation, an association of three groups, the Young Christian Workers, the Young Christian Students and the Christian Family Movement, specializing in Catholic action in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Msgr. Quinn served as chaplain to these groups for 14 years, from 1946 to 1960.

In 1950, at the request of the State Department, Msgr. Quinn spent three months in Germany studying the problems of German youth. He traveled primarily in the Western zone, but also spent some time in Berlin. In 1957, he was a delegate for the Archdiocese of Chicago to the World Congress of the Lay Apostolate in Rome.

Msgr. Quinn lectured extensively at universities and colleges throughout the country and was an instructor for a summer in 1959 at the Social Action Institute at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

In 1960, Msgr. Quinn was named Executive Secretary of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee for Migrant Workers. He continued to reside at St. Gall Parish during his seven-year tenure as director of that committee. In 1962, he was named co-director of the Latin America Bureau of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, now the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. That bureau was the liaison office between the U.S. bishops and the bishops of Latin America. Its work encompassed coordinating the U.S. Catholic assistance program for the Latin American Church, including the lay volunteer program known as the Papal Volunteers for Latin America (PAVLA).

In 1967, he became pastor of St. Eulalia Parish, and served in that capacity for 19 years, until his retirement in 1986. “He was one of the finest churchman I ever knew,” said Fr. Joseph Kinane, a retired priest of the archdiocese who served with Msgr. Quinn at St. Eulalia. “ He worked well with people and his respect for some of the Latin American bishops with whom he worked gave him a great view of the universal church,” Kinane said.

Visitation for Msgr. Quinn will take place at St. Eulalia Church, 1851 S. Ninth Ave., Maywood, from 3 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Msgr. Quinn at St. Eulalia on Wednesday, November 24, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside.

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