Fifth Full-Time Priest Joins Priests
for Life Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jerry
September 20, 1999 (540) 785-4733
ADDITION OF NEW PRIEST SIGNALS
RAPID EXPANSION OF PRIESTS FOR LIFE
Priests for Life, the international
association of clergy headed by Fr. Frank Pavone, announced the exciting news
today that yet another priest has joined its ranks as a full-time priest
Fr. Walter J. Quinn, O.S.A., has been
released by his Ordinary, the Very Reverend John Deegan, Prior Provincial of the
Augustinian Order, St. Thomas of Villanova, to devote 100% of his time to
Priests for Life.
The addition of Fr. Quinn to the
Priests for Life staff brings the number of full-time priests in the
organization to five! Assisting the priests is a rapidly growing, nationwide lay
staff of 23.
Fr. Quinn brings to Priests for Life
nearly four decades of experience in the priesthood, having served mostly in
parishes throughout the Northeastern United States. He was a Lieutenant in the
Army during the Korean War, and for a time worked in industrial sales before
being ordained in 1961. He has been actively involved in pro-life work since the
late 1960’s, and has founded pro-life organizations in Philadelphia and New
Jersey. He was also recently appointed by Bishop Colin Campbell, of the diocese
of Antigonish, to be spiritual director of the "United Hearts of Jesus and
Mary," an international lay organization that has chapters in the U.S., Canada,
England and Ireland.
Fr. Pavone, who has headed Priests for
Life since 1993, today said: "We are thrilled to have Fr. Quinn as part of the
Priests for Life team. Together with Frs. Hogan, West, Wilde and myself, Fr.
Quinn will be traveling the country, teaching, training, motivating and
encouraging his brother priests to speak up for Life.
"Even more exciting, though, is what
all this indicates for the future. There is a specific charism in the Church, a
charism for the defense of human life. That charism is fittingly embodied in a
number of institutional structures. If it is in accordance with God’s will and
the desire of the Church, Priests for Life could provide a natural launching
point for an eventual Religious Order or society of priests dedicated to