Guyanese in New York promoting “Servant of God” for Sainthood – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Guyanese in New York promoting “Servant of God” for Sainthood – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Irish-American Catholic, Msgr. Bernard John Quinn – 1888-1940 – is one step closer to be canonized a saint. This is so due to the tireless advocacy of Guyanese-born Msgr. Paul Jervis, formally of the St. Pius X parish in Georgetown, Guyana.

As a young priest working in Brooklyn, New York City, Fr.Paul was so impressed with what he had learnt about the dedicated work of Fr. Bernard Quinn, with the African-American and Caribbean peoples living in Brooklyn during the early 20th century, that he interviewed dozens of individuals, including Guyanese, who had known Fr. Bernard Quinn personally.             

That resulted with Fr. Paul writing a book entitled “Quintessential Priest”, which relates the brave work of Fr. Bernard Quinn for African-Americans and people from the Caribbean, including British Guiana. The brave Irish-American priest faced many obstacles of the day, including racism even within the Catholic Church at that time. He also faced death threats from the Klu Klux Klan who twice, burned down an orphanage the priest had built for orphans of colour.

That historic work by Fr. Bernard Quinn related in the book by Guyanese Msgr. Paul Jervis, in turn became the catalyst for the movement for a committee which was established (and includes Guyanese) to petition for the canonization of Msgr. Bernard John Quinn to be declared a Saint.

At a moving service at the Immaculate Conception Center, New York City on June 18, with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presiding, the petition was formally prepared for dispatch to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, in Rome.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of New York, flanked by Guyanese born Msgr. Paul Jervis and Francis Quamina Farrier after the Service.

Monsignor Bernard John Quinn; Servant of God. 1888-1940.


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