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Fr. Francis Lee Quinlivan, CSC: An Exemplary Priest of Holy Cross

Fr. Francis Lee Quinlivan was known as Father Frank in Bangladesh. He was born on 4 September 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was ordained in the priesthood on 4 April 1970. He came to Bangladesh in 1979 as a missionary. He is a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Province, Bangladesh. He was the former Provincial Superior of Holy Cross Fathers, Bangladesh from 2006-2012. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Notre Dame University Bangladesh. He is also a councilor of the Provincial administration.
He has been a prominent figure in the Bangladesh Catholic Church for his special qualities and ministries. He knew the heritage and history of the Bangladesh Catholic Church well. He has been an archivist, preacher, writer, trainer, Spiritual Director for men and women Religious, aspirants, and seminarians. He worked for orphans, Mother Teresa Sisters, and the Contemplative Sisters of St. Clare as a chaplain. He was a friend of widows, the underprivileged and oppressed, a refuge for poor students and nurses under training. He was a teacher, guide, good writer, and compiler of historical documents in the various fields of the Province as well as the Bangladesh Catholic Church. He was a man without complain and a happy religious priest, and he had an impact on the lives of Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Seminarians, Aspirants, and laity.
He was admitted to the Square General Hospital Ltd. on January 4, 2024, because of different health problems. After the diagnosis, the doctors found cancer in his gallbladder and prostate gland. After a temporary discharge from the hospital, he was admitted again on January 28, 2024. Finally, he passed away on the same day at 9: 45 p.m. at Square General Hospital Ltd. Dhaka, Bangladesh.
On the next day, the Requiem Mass took place at Holy Rosary Church, Tejgaon, presided by His Grace Archbishop Bejoy N.D’Cruze, OMI, and Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, CSC (who gave homily), Bishop Theotonious Gomes, CSC, Fr. George Kamal Rozario, CSC, Fr. Subrato B. Gomes, and other priests concelebrating. Religious Brothers, Sisters, seminarians, aspirants, and lay people attended the Mass.
The Funeral Mass took place at Holy Cross Pastoral Centre, Pubail, Gazipur, at 3 p.m. presided by Most Rev. Ponen Paul Kubi, CSC, the bishop of Mymensingh Catholic Diocese. Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, Bishop Theotonious Gomes, Fr. George Kalmal Rozario, and priests from the Congregation and dioceses were concelebrants. After the Funeral Mass, Fr. George K. Rozario led the funeral rites at the grave. Fr. Frank L. Quinlivan was burried in the cemetery of the Congregation of Holy Cross Priests, Bangladesh on 29 January 2024.

Short Biography of Fr. Francis Lee Quinlivan, CSC

  1. Name (full) : Fr. Frank John Quinlivan, CSC
  2. Father’s name : Late Donald Quinlivan
  3. Mother’s name : Late Mary Rita (Lynch) Quinlivan
  4. Birth Place/ Village : Chicago, Illinois, USA
  5. Date of Birth : 04.08.1943
  6. Reception at Novitiate : 15-08-1961
  7. First Profession : 16.09.1962
  8. Date of Final Profession : 04.09.1969
  9. Date of Diaconate Ordination: 05.09.1969
  10. Date of Ordination : 04.04.1970
    Assignments (studies and ministries) in chronological order since final vows until the present:
    Year(s) Assignments
    1969 – 1970 Deacon, St. Augustine Parish, South Bend
    1970 – 1971 St. Peter church House, South Bend
    1970-1979 Inner City and Justice & Peace Ministry
    1971 – 1974 Human Relation Commission South Bend Diocese
    1974 – 1979 Justice and Peace center South Bend
    1979 – 1985 Barisal, Oriental Institute
    1980 – 1981 Golla, Tuital Parish
    1981 – 1982 Mathis House, Novitiate Barisal
    1982 – 1985 Nagori Parish
    1985 – 1991 Holy Cross Novitiate, Lolovado
    1991 – 1994 Assistant Provincial in Province
    1994 – 1996 O.I. Barisal
    1996 – 2005
    2005 – 2006 Moreau House / Scholasticate
    2006 – 2012 Provincial Superior of SHJP, Bangladesh
    2012 – 2013 Sadhana Griha, Rampura Scholasticate
    2014 – 2017 Holy Cross Pastoral and Retreat Centre, Bhadun
    2017-2023 NDUB, Director of Development Office
    2019-2022 English Teacher, Moreau Seminary
    2023- Jan.28, 2024 Moreau House

Died at Square Hospital Ltd. on 28-01-2024 at 9:45 p.m.