Retired Bunbury Bishop Peter Quinn was buried yesterday after a funeral service held at Bunbury Catholic College.
ABC News reports about 700 people attended the funeral Mass presided over by the current Bunbury Bishop Gerard Holohan.
Bishop Holohan described Bishop Quinn as a loving uncle and a close friend. He told the congregation Bishop Quinn was an understanding man, always sympathetic to the people's needs and problems, interested in people's hopes, fears and sorrows.
Perth's Archbishop Barry Hickey attended the funeral, as did Adelaide's Archbishop Wilson, along with Bishops from all over Australia. About 150 priests, who had travelled from around the country, were also at the funeral.
Bishop Quinn died on August 23. He was 80 years old. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in April this year.
The coffin, which lay open for viewing prior to the Mass but was closed for the official proceedings, was covered with some of Bishop Quinn's personal items during the Mass.
They included his baptism robe, which he wore when he became a bishop and represents his Christian dignity as a Temple of the Holy Spirit. The Book of the Gospels, which Bishop Quinn cherished and proclaimed, his cross and mitre (the hat bishops wear), symbolising his service to God and the people of the Bunbury diocese, were also placed on the coffin.
Bishops Quinn's body was laid in a crypt at the Bunbury Cemetery until St Patrick's Cathedral which was destroyed in a cyclone in 2005, is rebuilt.
Peter Quinn was born to Aileen and Jerry Quinn in Perth on February 17, 1928. He grew up in a family of five children, with three brothers and a sister.
He was one of 20 foundation students when the St Charles Seminary was opened in 1942. He travelled to Rome where he studied at the Propaganda Fide College in 1947.
Peter Quinn was ordained a priest at 22 years of age on December 21, 1950. He was ordained a Bishop on August 27, 1969 at St Mary's Cathedral in Perth. He served for 13 years as Auxiliary in Perth.
Installed as the Bishop on the fourth of August, 1982, Bishop Quinn served the Bunbury Diocese for 18 years. Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation as Bishop on December 20, 2000. He remained as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese until Bishop Holohan was installed in late 2001.
Requiem mass to remember Bishop Quinn (ABC News, 3/9/08)