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Ministry led Father Quinn to parishes, hospitals overseas


Father Edward Quinn

Columban Father Edward Quinn, who grew up in Omaha but whose missionary work took him to Korea and Fiji, died July 12. He was 88.

His funeral Mass was July 16 at St. Mary Church in Bellevue. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Omaha.

A man of prayer, Father Quinn also showed his faith by always "being available to people, any time, day or night," said the homilist at Father Quinn’s funeral, Columban Father Charlie Duster, house superior at the order’s U.S. headquarters in Bellevue.

A native of Minneapolis, Father Quinn moved with his family from Iowa to Omaha when he was in sixth grade. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes School, Creighton Preparatory School and received a bachelor’s degree in science at Creighton University. He studied for the priesthood at Columban Fathers’ seminaries in Omaha, Bristol, R.I., and Milton, Mass.

Ordained in 1955, Father Quinn worked in parishes in Korea from 1956 to 1968, when he was assigned to vocations work in Chicago. While there, he founded a Korean Catholic Center.

Assigned to Fiji in 1973, Father Quinn served in parishes for 10 years, was regional director from 1983 to 1987, then served in formation, vocations, hospital chaplaincy, as well as parishes and started a lay missionary program. He also served as a financial administrator and was periodically elected as a regional councilor.

In 2007, Father Quinn was assigned to the Columban Fathers’ offices and residence in Bellevue, where he was semi-retired but often visited with people and celebrated Mass at a nearby rehabilitation center.

Father Quinn was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary; a sister, Sister of Mercy Mary Ellen Quinn; a brother, John, and sister-in-law, Diane; and a niece. Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, James and Betty Quinn of Omaha, and a sister-in-law, Priscilla Quinn of Omaha; nephews, nieces and cousins.

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