Archdiocesan News

In Memoriam: Archbishop John R. Quinn

by Archdiocese of San Francisco | Jun 22, 2017

Thank you all for your prayers for Archbishop Quinn during this time of his long illness.  It saddens me, though, that I now have to inform you that he has passed away today, Thursday, June 22, 2017. 

As you know, he had moved to Jewish Home of San Francisco from Saint Mary’s Medical Center last Friday.  He stated several times since his move that he had achieved his goal of leaving the hospital for a new home where he could enjoy the fresh air, trees, and the sounds of birds in the early morning.  The initial days at Jewish Home had gone extremely well, but Archbishop Quinn experienced difficulties with his breathing early this morning.  He was transported to the nearest hospital, but could not be revived.  Our hearts are breaking at losing such a great priest and friend. 

Archbishop Quinn was 88 years of age, and had served as the sixth Archbishop of San Francisco from April 26, 1977 until December 27, 1995.   He was president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1977 to 1980.

Join me in praying for the repose of his soul.  Funeral arrangements are pending. 

~Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone

Please visit the Memorial Page for Archbishop Quinn's biography, obituary, and information on services.

Archbishop Quinn portrait

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