The Solemn Profession of Fr Stephen Quinn, OCD took place in Derry on July 16, Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Fr Stephen is a native of Belfast and originally joined the Diocese of Down and Connor as a seminarian. Following his studies in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he was ordained for in 2004. In the years after his ordination he felt drawn to religious life and approached the Order about the possibility of discerning his vocation as a religious. He entered the noviciate in Boars Hill in Autumn 2010. He joined the St Teresa’s community in 2011 where he became valued as a preacher and confessor. He suffered serious health issues in 2015 which led to a long hospitalization and convalescence.
He spend much of his convalescence at home and we owe a great debt of gratitude to his family. Thanks to their care and the many prayers offered Fr Stephen has made a great recovery. He has been serving in the Derry community since January of this year.
Fr Stephen’s parents, sister and brother in law and several close friends attended the Profession Mass. Many of Fr Stephen’s priest friends from the Dioceses of Down and Connor and Derry also attended. In all twenty-one priests concelebrated the Mass. The Mass was followed by a celebratory lunch provided by the Termonbacca staff and volunteers. So loved is Fr Stephen in Derry already that there was a cheer when the news of his appointment to the Derry community was announced!
We congratulate Fr Stephen on this happy occasion and wish him many happy and health years as a Discalced Carmelite.