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Most Reverend John M. Quinn  

Bishop of Winona

Biography - updated July 1, 2012

Bishop John Michael Quinn was born in Detroit on December 17, 1945 and grew up in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, on Detroit’s eastside. He was the youngest child of the late George and Mary Quinn.

Bishop Quinn’s brother, George, is deceased. His sister, Patricia Hays, lives in Grosse Pointe Farms. Patricia and her late husband, Bob, have three children: Barbara, Susan Marrs, and Jeffrey. Bishop Quinn attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Elementary School, Detroit, and St. Anthony High School, Detroit.

Bishop Quinn was ordained to the priesthood on March 17, 1972 at St. Raymond Parish, Detroit, where he had served as a deacon.

Bishop Quinn studied at Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; the University of Detroit/Mercy; and the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Bishop Quinn holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; a Master of Divinity from St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; a Masters in religious studies and Masters in systematic theology from the University of Detroit/Mercy. He has also done graduate work in religious studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

His pastoral assignments include, associate pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Farmington, and pastor of St. Luke Parish, Detroit.

From July of 1990 to July of 2003, Bishop Quinn served as director of the Education Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was the Cardinal’s delegate to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit and was an adjunct member of the faculty for twenty years and a part time spiritual director.

Bishop Quinn was designated a Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1990.

Bishop Quinn was Ordained as the twenty-third Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit on August  12, 2003 at Detroit’s Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

In October of 2008, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Quinn as coadjutor and eighth bishop of the Diocese of Winona in southern Minnesota. He was welcomed at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona on December 11, 2008.

On May 4, 2009, Bishop Quinn became the eight Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota when he succeeded the Most Rev. Bernard J. Harrington. The Diocese of Winona comprises twenty counties in the southern part of the State of Minnesota with a Catholic population of 131,000 Catholics in 114 parishes. The Diocese of Winona sponsors Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary for college level students preparing for the priesthood, which is located adjacent to Saint Mary’s University in Winona.

Board of Trustees of Catholic Institutions

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Winona

St. Catherine of Siena Academy, Wixom, MI

Madonna University, Livonia, MI – Foundation Board

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Education Committee member – Chair of Subcommittee for Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service

Episcopal Appointments

Episcopal Advisor – National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Episcopal Moderator – The Blessed Adolph Kolping Society

Episcopal Moderator – National Catholic Cemetery Association


Chaplain – The Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Member - The International Order of Alhambra

Winona Institutions

Sponsorship Board – St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN

Adjunct Faculty in Dept. of Theology – Saint Mary’s University, Winona MN

Contact Us

Diocese of Winona
55 W. Sanborn
PO Box 588
Winona MN 55987

Contact: Joel Hennessy

Phone:(507) 454-4643
Fax:(507) 454-8106