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Archbishop John Quinn Health Update

by Archdiocese of San Francisco | Jun 16, 2017


June 16, 2017

After a very long stay at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Archbishop John Quinn is moving into skilled nursing care this afternoon. The move reflects a decided improvement in the Archbishop’s health, for which we give thanks to God!  His new address is The Jewish Home of San Francisco. This facility is known for its specialized care, which suits the Archbishop’s needs at this time, and he has expressed his delight to be experiencing the fruits of inter-religious cooperation that he has championed throughout his life. 
 
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone expressed his gratitude to the physicians and support staff at St. Mary’s "for their excellent care of Archbishop John these past months, and to the thousands in our parishes and well beyond who have focused their prayers on him.  Those prayers have been appreciated and effective.  I also thank The Jewish Home for its invitation to Archbishop Quinn.  He is feeling the warm welcome being extended his way."

Rita Semel, long-time personal friend and a co-founder of SF Interfaith Council, has also just been informed and stated, “I am relieved and pleased to learn that Archbishop Quinn is well enough to leave the hospital.  He has been such a wonderful influence in our community for so many years.  I know the people at the Jewish Home, and can attest to the good care he will receive.”

The archbishop emeritus has been hospitalized since November, 2016 after experiencing complications resulting from emergency surgery.  He had fallen ill during a trip to Rome for the consistory that elevated 17 to the rank of cardinal, including Archbishop Quinn’s friend, Cardinal Blase Cupich. 
 
Please continue to keep Archbishop Quinn in your prayers throughout his transition ahead.  Understandably, visitors are restricted at this time.


April 25, 2017:

We are happy to report that Archbishop Quinn has been released from the ICU, although he remains hospitalized.  We are thankful for your prayers and God's grace in bringing him through these difficult months and ask your ongoing prayers as he regains his strength.


March 28, 2017:

Today is Archbishop Quinn's 88th birthday. He remains hospitalized in San Francisco but has a near-term goal of being released soon.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers on this anniversary of his birth, as he continues to regain his health.


January 27, 2017:

An update on Archbishop John Quinn from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone:

“I am very pleased to report that Archbishop John Quinn has returned to the Bay Area. As you know, he has been struggling with his health since he underwent emergency surgery in Rome the day before Thanksgiving. His doctors are making every effort to avoid further complications. To that end, visits are restricted at this time. I know you will understand and honor this important directive. God bless our Archbishop-emeritus. He has been deeply appreciative of your heartfelt and steady support from the Bay Area, and it is very good to welcome him home. I ask that you join me in focusing your prayers on good outcome through the days ahead."


January 3, 2017:

Following his emergency surgery in November, the archbishop emeritus has made slow but encouraging progress toward recovery.  Although he remains hospitalized, he is responding to treatment.  He is very grateful for the many wishes for his recovery.  We continue to ask for prayers for his full return to good health.   


December 15, 2016:

Archbishop Quinn remains in the hospital in Rome with complications from his emergency surgery in November. His excellent medical team is actively engaged in his care, and he has a priest from California with him daily along with other personal support. Your prayers for his recovery and comfort have been welcomed. He continues to express his gratitude for your ongoing support.


November 30, 2016:

Archbishop John Quinn fell ill while visiting Rome just before Thanksgiving. He is now recovering in the hospital from emergency surgery, and remains in serious condition. Few other details are known at this time. Your prayers for his swift return to good health are greatly needed and appreciated. The archbishop emeritus, 87, was Archbishop of San Francisco from 1977-1995.

Archbishop Quinn's biography can be found here.

 
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