Bio of Fr. Quinn

“I love you, I am proud of every one of you and I would willingly shed to the last drop of my life’s blood for the least among you.”




Through God’s Providential design, Bernard J. Quinn was born January 15, 1888, the same day that Pope Leo XIII canonized Peter Claver, a 17th century Spanish Jesuit missionary. Peter Claver had given his life in the service to the African slaves of Colombia, South America, by defending their human rights. Bernard Quinn did likewise for Blacks in the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. His life would be linked to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the pre-eminent African American Civil Rights champion, who was also born on January 15th but in 1929… Continue reading – Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn’s bio

Bishop Begins Cause

Process Begins to Make Msgr. Quinn a Saint. June 24, 2010 – By Ed Wilkinson

The process to declare a former Brooklyn pastor a saint has begun.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio officially approved the project Jan. 13 and so the name of Msgr. Bernard Quinn, founding pastor of St. Peter Claver parish, Bedford-Stuyvesant, the first parish established for black Catholics in the Brooklyn Diocese, will be sent to Rome to be considered for canonization.

A Mass to celebrate the beginning of the cause was celebrated that day at St. Peter Claver Church. Auxiliary Bishop Guy Sansaricq was the main celebrant for the congregation of 500 people, which included members of the Quinn family.

Joining him at the altar were retired Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan, and Father Paul Jervis, the current pastor and main promoter of Msgr. Quinn’s cause.

“It is time to begin the final review,” said Father Jervis, who wrote “Quintessential Priest,” the story of the life of Msgr. Quinn. “He is in a class all by himself. Join me in promoting his cause with interest and zeal. Today’s Mass is a powerful springboard to launch the cause.”

Father Jervis explained that the request for sainthood along with the details of Msgr. Quinn’s life will be sent to the Vatican’s Congregation of the Saints, which will study the merits of the case.

Promoting a Saint from Brooklyn – The TABLET