The day the music died

Fr James Quinn

THE funeral of Fr James Quinn SJ will be held today. The Jesuit priest, described as ‘one of the finest writers of hymn texts of our time’, died on April 8 at the age of 90.

Fr Quinn SJ died at St Joseph’s House in Edinburgh, where he had spent the past ten years. Although he stopped writing hymns at his time, Cross Wires hears that he took to writing jokes—and was amenable to sharing them with all who came to visit him!

Fr Quinn’s hymns are found in almost every contemporary English language hymnal, taken from the collection New Hymns for All Seasons which was published in 1969 and his later work Praise for All Seasons (1994).  They include such well known and frequently sung works as Christ be beside me, Forth in the peace of Christ we go, I am the holy Vine and The bread that we break.

James Quinn was born in Glasgow on 21 April 1919. He was educated at St Aloysius’ College and Glasgow University, and joined the Society of Jesus in 1939.

A loved and much respected member of his community and the Church, Fr Quinn will be missed.

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One Response to “The day the music died”

  1. Fr James Quinn SJ, † 8 iv 2010 « Laodicea Says:

    […] Fr James Quinn SJ, † 8 iv 2010 Posted by berenike under Uncategorized Leave a Comment  The Scottish Catholic Observer reports the death of the hymn writer Fr James Quinn. He lived at the Little Sisters of the Poor on Gilmore Place: I kept meaning to get his autograph. […]

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