Fr. John Quigley, OFM

John Quigley, OFM is an artist, preacher and human rights activist. The first third of his life, he lived in Canada, the next in the United States and the most recent third of his life he spent in Europe (in Rome and Geneva).

For ten years he was the director of the OFM Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (Rome) and worked extensively with friars throughout the world who lived in precarious situations of violence and civil unrest.  John carried his network of contacts and experience to Geneva where as Director of Franciscans International for ten years he worked with Franciscan women and men throughout the world for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Fr. John is an accomplished public speaker and a talented artist. He is a member of the Province of St. John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) of the Order of Friars Minor and citizen of Canada.

He began his pastoral and preaching ministry in 1974 as co-leader with Richard Rohr of the New Jerusalem community in Cincinnati.

In 1979-81 John studied the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with the Jesuits at Milford, Ohio and in 1982 became the coordinator of social justice and peace concerns for the friars of his Franciscan province. There he published an international monthly magazine “Mustard Seed”.

Called to Rome in 1988 he was the international coordinator for the efforts of the Franciscan Friars (OFM) in the areas of justice, peace making and care for creation. From there in 1998 he went to Geneva, Switzerland as the Director fo Franciscans International a Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations, where for ten years John coordinated work for the promotion and protection of human rights.

He led a number of pilgrimages to Geneva, Rome and Assisi entitled “St. Francis and Human Rights” as well as human rights pilgrimage to Ireland visiting spots in Dublin and in the North where Franciscans have made various efforts to heal the bitter wounds of “The Troubles.” Currently, as a member of the team for “Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs” he leads groups of pilgrims to Rome and Assisi to retrace the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.

For 28 years he has preached an annual retreat at Maggie Valley, North Carolina for groups of people who are mostly Roman Catholic, religious women and lay couples.

John’s early background in graphic design led him to become an artist. He creates with woodblock cuts, silkscreen prints, sculpture and paint. He has also illustrated numerous books, designed publications and two chapels. On his return to North America after 23 years in Europe his artwork has taken a dramatic step by exploring the world of the unconscious.

In painting retreats, John assists participants to use art as a means of self-expression, healing and growth.

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