GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – John Quigley, OFM, will step down as executive director of Franciscans International when his contract expires on Oct. 31.
An announcement on the organization’s Web site, said, “The International Board of Directors of Franciscans International announce that the organization and John Quigley, OFM, executive director, have mutually agreed to not renew his contract beyond the current term which expires Oct. 31.”
The announcement also said: “Fr. Quigley has played a significant role in helping Franciscans International grow from a handful of Franciscans in New York, to an international organization with offices in New York, Geneva, and soon in Bangkok, Thailand. The organization has developed and maintained a very positive reputation since its founding, and its advocacy work is well respected among other non-governmental organizations, and within the United Nations staff and embassy missions.”
Fr. John was instrumental in the establishment of partnerships with the Dominicans for Justice and Peace, the Marist Brothers Bureau of International Solidarity, and Edmund Rice International. He previously served as director of Franciscans International for the Geneva office and has worked extensively in the fields of human rights and development for decades.
The board will search for a new executive director immediately. Effective Nov. 1, it has appointed Harry McKnight, chief financial officer, and Mike O’Neil, communications coordinator, as interim executive co-directors.