Francis P. Quinn, O.S.A.

1875 – 1939 (January 28)

Francis Patrick Quinn, son of Edward Quinn and Sarah Melvin, was born in Watertown, New York, on September 13, 1875. He was received as a postulant at Villanova, PA, on June 29, 1901, entered the novitiate some months later, and made his simple profession of vows on October 26, 1902. His was the first class of novices to be clothed with the white habit in the Villanova Province. Francis Quinn was solemnly professed on October 27, 1905, and was ordained to the priesthood on Ascension Thursday, Mary 24, 1906 at Saint  Charles Seminary, Philadlephia.

Father Quinn was assigned as curate at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, the Bronx, N.Y. in 1906. In 1908 he was transferred to Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, Atlantic City, N.J., and in 1909 to Saint Laurence Parish, Lawrence, MA. In 1913 he was appointed to Saint Paul’s Parish, Mechanicville, and in 1925 was named rector of Saint John the Evangelist, Schaghticoke, where he remained until 1931 when he was appointed pastor of Saint Joseph, Greenwich, NY. During World War I, Father Quinn served as a chaplain in the American Army, one of the last chaplains to receive a commission before the signing of the armistice.

Father Quinn was rector at Saint Joseph’s in Greenwich when he died at McClellan Hospital on January 28, 1939 after a three week illness. He was 64. Prior Provincial, John Sheehan, O.S.A. was celebrant of the Requiem Mass at Saint Joseph, after which Father Quinn was buried in the Community Cemetery at Villanova.