Most Rev. John M. Quinn
Throughout IHMS’ history, the connection between the seminary and the Diocese of Winona-Rochester’s Bishop has been a vibrant and joyous one, and we have been blessed to keep this treasured relationship with the current Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Bishop John M. Quinn. We have been very fortunate to have a Bishop here who places such high standards and expectations on education and the formation of priests.
Ordained to the priesthood in March of 1972 at St. Raymond Parish in Detroit, Bishop Quinn earned a B.A in philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, before getting a M.A in religious studies as well as systematic theology from the University of Detroit Mercy. Bishop Quinn has also taken a number of classes at the graduate level in religious studies from the Catholic University of America. In 2012 St. Mary’s University awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Education.
His Holiness Pope John Paul II designated Bishop Quinn with a Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor in 1990. He was ordained the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2003, and then as the Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester in 2008. Bishop Quinn was installed as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester on May 7, 2009, succeeding Most Rev. Bernard J. Harrington.
While Bishop Quinn served in Detroit he was an integral part in the education system, serving as the director of the Education Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit from 1990 to 2003. He was also an adjunct faculty member and part time spiritual director for Sacred Heart Major Seminary. While as the Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester he is also an adjunct faculty member for the Philosophy department at St. Mary’s University.