USCCB News Release
May 5, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope Accepts Resignation of Winona Bishop, Coadjutor Succeeds
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Bernard J. Harrington, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota, and has appointed as his successor Bishop John M. Quinn, 63, up until now Co-adjutor Bishop of Winona.
The appointment was announced in Washington, May 7, 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. Last October he was named Co-adjutor Bishop of Winona.
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 at 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.