USCCB News Release
October 15, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope Names Detroit Auxiliary Bishop John M. Quinn Coadjutor Bishop of Winona
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Detroit Auxiliary Bishop John Michael Quinn, 62, Coadjutor Bishop of Winona, Minnesota.
The appointment as coadjutor bishop confers on Bishop Quinn the right of succession to Bishop Bernard Harrington of Winona. Bishop Harrington is 75.
The appointment was announced in Washington, October 15, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
Bishop Quinn, a native of Detroit, was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit, March 17, 1972. He was named a monsignor in 1989, and an Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, July 7, 2003.
John Michael Quinn was born December 17, 1945. He attended local elementary and secondary schools and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, in 1967, and Master of Arts degrees in Systematic Theology and Religious Education from the University of Detroit in 1970. He earned a Doctorate in Systematic Theology at The Catholic University of America in 1980. In the Detroit Archdiocese he taught in Sacred Heart Seminary, served in parish assignments and as Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Justice and Peace, Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Catechetics and Director of the Archdiocesan Department of Education.
Bishop Harrington, a native of Detroit, was named an Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit in 1993, and Bishop of Winona, November 5, 1998.
Bishop Harrington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy at Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, and Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees at St. John's Provincial Seminary, in Plymouth, Michigan, in 1982, and a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Detroit in 1983. At the national level, he served on the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Education and the Bishops' Subcommittee on Lay Ministry.
The Winona Diocese includes 20 counties in Minnesota. The total population of the diocese is estimated at 570,488 people, with 131,280 of them Catholic.