Photo: Msgr. Bernard J. Quinn, a Brooklyn, priest who spent his life advocating for African-Americans, is pictured with children in an undated photo from the Diocese of Brooklyn.  (CNS photo/courtesy of Msgr. Paul Jervis)


Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, with concelebrants from the Rockville Centre diocese, will celebrate a Mass commemorating the 75th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Msgr. Bernard John Quinn at St. Brigid’s Church, Westbury,  on Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m.

Msgr. Quinn, the former pastor of St. Peter Claver parish in Bedford-Stuyvesant and founder of Little Flower Children’s Services in Brooklyn and Wading River, died in 1940 after a lifetime of ministry to the African-American community in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

The cause for sainthood for Msgr. Quinn was introduced at the Vatican in 2010. The process is under the direction of Msgr. Paul Jervis, postulator for the cause. Father Alonzo Cox, pastor of St. Martin de Porres parish, Bedford-Stuyvesant, which includes St. Peter Claver Church, is vice postulator.

Following the Mass, a visit will be made to Msgr. Quinn’s gravesite in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury.

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