One of them, renowned filmmaker and TV producer Sheila Mulinya shared her memories about Fr. Quinn with ACI Africa Tuesday, January 28.
“Father employed me and others when we barely had any experience. He kept telling me that bosses who employ based on experience most times shut out the best resource. The discipline, time consciousness and professionalism that defined him guides my practice to date,” Ms. Mulinya recounted.
“Fr. Quinn’s unrelenting encouragement, support and love for education,” Ms. Mulinya who worked at Ukweli Video Productions for six years remembers, helped her “steadily rise from a Diploma, Bachelor’s, Masters to a PhD in Mass Communication” that she is currently pursuing.
She added, “My interaction with him left me a better journalist, Christian and Communicator. I will forever be grateful for knowing him. I’ll forever carry his legacy.”
On his part, Amos Ochieng, a former Senior Editor at Ukweli Video Production told ACI Africa Wednesday, January 29, “I am what I am today because of him or simply because I met him in life. I am certain I would have been something different.”
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Mr. Ochieng added, “Our story dates way back to 1980 and later in 1982 when he baptized me and my sister Lilian. He was a faithful visitor to our humble house in Kabete. He sat on the bench, which was our seat for many years. In the millennium year and beyond, he became the faithful presider of the New Year Holy Mass in my house for all our family members. He never failed to come.”
He continued to recall his memories of Fr. Quinn, “He was a priest and a counselor. In his old age, I would take him to places he wished to go since he was no longer allowed to drive. I drove him to Kisii to celebrate his 60th Anniversary in Priesthood. Him who drove me to places when we went to film, was delighted to be driven to places in his old age.”
“Fr. Quinn knew my parents before I was born, then when my father passed on through a road accident while returning to Kisii where he stayed with Fr. Quinn, the Maryknoll priest buried him and immediately began taking care of me spiritually, emotionally and financially throughout my life,” Felista Vuyanzi shared with ACI Africa Tuesday, January 29.
“He taught me what I know now at Ukweli Video Productions to earn my living and my family’s. I thank him for his good deeds; he will be rewarded in heaven. Fr. Quinn, I will always remember you. Rest in peace,” Ms. Vuyanzi added.
A native of Passaic, New Jersey, Richard Quinn was ordained a priest of the Maryknoll Society in June 1954. He was appointed to the East African nation of Tanzania where he ministered till 1971.
He returned to the U.S. to study Theology and returned to Africa soon after, having been appointed in Kenya, where he ministered till 2015.
In May 2015, Fr. Quinn granted an interview to Ms. Mulinya who recalled, in the news report published in Kenya’s Daily Nation, that in April 2015, Fr. Quinn had “had a backward fall off a stool and fractured two ribs, affecting his right lung … He has been re-called to the US by his superiors.”
In the interview, Fr. Quinn is quoted as saying in reference to his superior’s decision, “I was deeply hurt as it was my wish to spend my last days, die and be buried in Kenya.”
Fr. Quinn is expected to be laid to rest in New York Monday, February 3.