Edward J. Quinn, O.S.A.

1890 – 1967 (December 13)

Edward Joseph Mary Quinn was born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania on December 31, 1890, to Cormac Quinn amd Mary Moore. He attended school in Jessup, Pa., and in September 1912, became a postulant at Villanova. He was received into the novitiate on June 25, 1915 at Corr Hall and professed simple vows on June 25, 1916. He was solemnly professed on the same day in 1919. Edward earned an A.B. degree at Villanova College and graduated June 14, 1919. He was ordained at Villanova on September 24, 1922 by Denis Cardinal Dougherty. He completed his studies in Washington, D.C., and received an M.A. from the Catholic University in 1923.

In 1923, Father Quinn was assigned Augustinian Academy, Staten Island, New York. In 1927, he was assigned as novice master at Mount St. Rita’s there. In 1932 he was appointed to Saint Augustine, Troy, as a member of the Province Mission Band, whose rector he became in 1944. He also served as a definitor of the Province. In 1951, he was assigned vice president in charge of finances at Villanova College. After serving as controller at Villanova College for two years, in 1953, he was assigned pastor of Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill, Pa., and served as prior of the community. In 1959 he was assigned to Saint Joseph Parish, Greenwhich, N.Y.

Father Quinn died on December 13, 1967 at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Troy, N.Y. of cancer. Prior Provincial, James Sherman, O.S.A. was celebrant of the funeral mass on December 16, 1967 at Saint Augustine, Troy. Provincial emeritus, James Donnellon, O.S.A. preached and Bishop Edward Maginn presided.

Father Quinn was a confidant of legendary ball player, Babe Ruth, and was instrumental in reconciling Babe and his wife after their separation.