The Most Reverend Francis A. Quinn
Bishop Emeritus Francis A. Quinn served as a bishop of Sacramento from January 1980 to January 1994. His episcopate began in June 1978 as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Bishop Quinn’s tenure is remembered widely for his pastoral nature. His genuine and affable manner marked his ministry, then and now, with an enduring fondness among the masses for his kindheartedness, his outreach to the poor and vulnerable, his diplomacy, and his humility.
Bishop Quinn’s noteworthy work often focused on ministry, and how to gather together and engage the faithful as leaders. He 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. Bishop Quinn also responded to the decrease in priestly vocations by supporting and restoring the permanent diaconate.
On the social justice front, Bishop Quinn personally involved himself in a range of causes and actions. His witness motivated Catholics and non-Catholics alike to contemplate, or think again, about many social issues that plagued the period. Dignity-of-life issues were paramount. Bishop Quinn would visit and immerse himself into society, working and serving the homeless. 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.
When Bishop Quinn retired in 1994, he relocated to Arizona to minister to Native Americans on reservations outside of Tucson, although he often returned to Sacramento to assist with Confirmations, and various retreats and talks. In the fall of 2007, Bishop Quinn moved back to Sacramento. He enjoys many events and supports Bishop Soto when called upon.
September 11, 1921
Parochial schools in Napa, CA
St. Joseph’s Seminary, 1935
St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park
Catholic University, Washington, D.C. – MA education, 1947
University of California, Berkeley – Ed.D., 1962
ORDINATION TO PRIESTHOOD
June 15, 1946 by Archbishop John J. Mitty
ASSIGNMENTS AS A PRIEST
Teacher, Serra High School, San Mateo
Counselor, Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco
Asst. Superintendent, Archdiocese of San Francisco 1955
Editor, San Francisco Monitor, 1962
Pastor, St. Gabriel’s Church, 1970
ORDINATION TO EPISCOPACY
Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of San Francisco, June 28, 1978
Appointed seventh Bishop of Sacramento, December 18, 1979
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