Andrew Quinn, OFM
1916 – 1966
Fr. Andrew Quinn, OFM, was born on April 7, 1916 in Astoria, N.Y. He studied at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., from 1932 to 1936, before entering the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J. He professed temporary vows in 1937 and made his solemn profession in 1940. Two years later, he was ordained a priest.
One year after his ordination, Fr. Andrew was among the pioneer missionary friars of Holy Name Province assigned to Brazil. He taught at the Anapolis Colegio and became the first rector of the Franciscan Minor Seminary outside Anapolis in Goias, Brazil. He had extensive experience in schools, but his heart was pastoral.
Fr. Andrew loved the rugged life in northern Araguacema, and a friar who worked with him there said: “Frei Andre was never one to sit at home waiting for people to come to him. He was constantly out with his people and they loved him for this.” He was a good man and a kind friar whose entire life was spent bearing witness to Christ.
He died on Sept. 23, 1966 while taking three Allegany Sisters to the Pium Airport in Brazil. He was 50 years old, a professed friar for 29 years and a priest for 24 years.