Partnering with the people of Proviso for justice
The Quinn Community Center (the Quinn Center) is the principal social outreach program of Saint Eulalia Parish for the Maywood and Broadview communities. The Quinn Community Center acts in the role of servant leader. By providing organizational structure and facilities, the Quinn Community Center exemplifies the commitment of Saint Eulalia Parish to collaborate with and enrich the lives of those it serves.
The Center is named for Monsignor William Quinn, pastor of St. Eulalia parish 1968 to 1986. Quinn came to St. Eulalia with considerable experience as a leader on social justice. He had served as the American bishops’ liaison with bishops in Latin America, attended two sessions of the Second Vatican Council, marched with Martin Luther King, and was friend and advisor to Cesar Chavez.
Quinn took on leadership at St. Eulalia as Maywood was experiencing rapid racial change. As white Catholics moved out, African-Americans (mostly Protestant) moved in. Quinn insisted strongly there was no room for racism in the church. Gradually, a racially diverse congregation of old and new parishioners took shape, committed to each other, and to reaching out in service. The Quinn Center is dedicated to living his legacy.
The Gospel story of the loaves and fishes (Luke 9: 10-17) inspires our mission: to bring what we have, and let the Lord do the rest. click here to visit the Quinn Center website…