Funeral Mass Held for Quintin Neyland

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BUTLER, N.J. — Quintin A. Neyland, 88, a professed Franciscan friar for 65 years and a priest for 60 years, died unexpectedly on May 30 at St. Anthony Friary here.

Quintin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 6, 1919, to William and Loretta (nee Zeller) Neyland and was baptized Thomas in St. Gabriel’s Church in Brooklyn on Feb. 23, 1919. He was graduated from Baldwin, N.Y., High School and attended St. Joseph’s Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., for two years.

On Aug. 12, 1940, Quintin was received into the Franciscan Order at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., where he professed first vows there on Aug.13, 1941, both before Jerome Dawson. He professed solemn vows on Sept. 17, 1944, at Holy Name College, Washington, D.C., before Bertrand Campbell. He completed his philosophical studies at St. Stephen Friary, Croghan, N.Y., and St. Anthony Friary, Butler, and theology study at Holy Name College.  On June 9, 1946, Quintin was ordained a priest in Mount St. Sepulchre Friary Church in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Amleto G. Cicognani, the apostolic delegate.

Quintin’s first assignment was associate (1947 to 1967) at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, Mass. He later served as pastor (1967 to 1973) of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in West Milford, N.J.; parochial vicar (1973 to 1976) at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wanaque, N.J.; and parochial vicar (1976 to 1998) at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street in New York City.  After five years of retirement at St. Francis, Quintin moved in May 2003 to St. Anthony Friary.

A  wake and prayer service were held on June 1 at St, Anthony Church in Butler at which guardian John Mahonpresided and Bernard Creighton, vicar, gave the eulogy. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, June 2 at St. Anthony Church.  Provincial Minster John O’Connor served as principal celebrant and Lawrence Burke preached the homily. Interment followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Butler.

Personal expressions of sympathy can be sent to John Mahon at St. Anthony Friary, 63 Bartholidi Ave., Butler, N.J., 07405-1462.