bishop quinn

Bishop John M. Quinn, M.DIV., M.A., D.D., A.F.S.C.

Bishop John Michael Quinn was born in Detroit on December 17, 1945 and grew up in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, on Detroit’s eastside. He was the youngest child of the late George and Mary Quinn.

Bishop Quinn’s brother, George, is deceased. His sister, Patricia Hays, lives in Grosse Pointe Farms. Patricia and her late husband, Bob, have three children: Barbara, Susan Marrs, and Jeffrey. Bishop Quinn attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Elementary School, Detroit, and St. Anthony High School, Detroit.

Bishop Quinn was ordained to the priesthood on March 17, 1972 at St. Raymond Parish, Detroit, where he had served as a deacon.

Bishop Quinn studied at Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; the University of Detroit/Mercy; and the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Bishop Quinn holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; a Master of Divinity from St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; a Masters in religious studies and Masters in systematic theology from the University of Detroit/Mercy. He has also done graduate work in religious studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

His pastoral assignments include, associate pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Farmington, and pastor of St. Luke Parish, Detroit.

From July of 1990 to July of 2003, Bishop Quinn served as director of the Education Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was the Cardinal’s delegate to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit and was an adjunct member of the faculty for twenty years and a part time spiritual director.

Bishop Quinn was designated a Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1990.

Bishop Quinn was Ordained as the twenty-third Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit on August 12, 2003 at Detroit’s Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

In October of 2008, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Quinn as coadjutor and eighth bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester in southern Minnesota. He was welcomed at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona on December 11, 2008.

On May 7, 2009, Bishop Quinn became the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota when he succeeded the Most Rev. Bernard J. Harrington. The Diocese of Winona-Rochester comprises twenty counties in the southern part of the State of Minnesota with a Catholic population of 132,825 Catholics in 107 parishes. The Diocese of Winona-Rochester sponsors Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary for college level students preparing for the priesthood, which is located adjacent to Saint Mary’s University in Winona.

Saint Mary's University conferred an honorary doctorate in Pastoral Ministry upon Bishop Quinn at a university convocation on August 27, 2012.

In recognition of his inspirational dedication to and support of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Bishop Quinn was named an Affiliated Christian Brother on August 25, 2021, in the Brothers’ residence on Saint Mary’s University Campus in Winona.


Board of Trustees of Catholic Institutions

Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota
St. Catherine of Siena Academy, Wixom, MI

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Committee on Catholic Education


Episcopal Appointments

Episcopal Moderator – The Blessed Adolph Kolping Society



Chaplain – The Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Member - The International Order of Alhambra


Winona Institutions

Adjunct Faculty in Dept. of Theology – Saint Mary’s University, Winona MN


Biography - updated January 11, 2022