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 He was a teacher, guide, good writer, and compiler of historical documents in the various fields of the Province as well as the Bangladesh Catholic Church.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.                      


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