Father Jerry Quintal

Father Jerry Quintal

Monday, April 24th, 1939 Sunday, October 4th, 2020

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Obituary for Father Jerry Quintal

Born: 4/24/1939 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Burnice and Martin Quintal.
Welcomed into Heaven on the Feast of St. Francis 10/04/2020.
Surviving Siblings are Tom (Julia) Quintal, Sharon (Steve) Caputo and Dorothy Jacobs

Fr. Jerry’s family moved out west from Iowa when he was young and made their first home in Tigard, OR. From there they moved to Lincoln City for most of his grade school and high school education. As a senior he entered Mt. Angel Seminary and then would transfer to St. Thomas Seminary in Seattle to finish his studies for the priesthood.

His assignments in the priesthood included being a chaplain an Marylhurst College and then an associate at St. James (McMinnville), Holy Family (Portland), St. Francis (Portland), St. Peter the Fisherman (Archcape), St. Edwards (Keizer), St. Philips (Dallas) and finally St. Josephs (Cloverdale). During his time in Portland he also served as Vocation Director for the Archdiocese for 13 years.

A Few Grace Notes:
• Fr. Jerry loved the liturgy and showed this in the reverence and care he brought to each celebration.
• He was one of the first in the Archdiocese to implement the Revised Rite of the Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and opened many to the waters of this font of grace.
• He was a peace maker in places where division had gripped a community; he brought healing and unity.
• He loved nature and especially his pet companions.
• He felt so inspired to be living in a time when we have a Pope Francis to teach us true pastoral care for our world and the humble joy of the Gospel.
• Fr. Jerry would be the last to take the spotlight, but for those of us who experienced his pastoral care … He was and remains … a Good Shepherd. May he guide us always.

We are so grateful to have been touched by him.

Thank you for your kind prayers and thoughts. If you wish to donate in his honor, please give to those who lost their homes in the Oregon wildfires recently.
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Efrain and Kathie Diaz, Joni and Jim O'Brien, and other have planted trees to honor the life of Father Jerry Quintal.
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Marilyn & Phil Krug, Amanda Hildebrandt & Chris Riedl

Father Jerry Quintal will remain in our hearts forever. His words and warmth of his spirit will always be with us.

Marilyn & Phil Krug, Amanda Hildebrandt & Chris Riedl planted 3 memorial trees for Father Jerry Quintal

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Efrain and Kathie Diaz

May the new life that springs forth from this tree be a reminder of the spiritual grace we all received from having known Fr. Jerry.
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Efrain and Kathie Diaz planted a memorial tree for Father Jerry Quintal
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Kathie Díaz

We met Fr. Jerry over 40 years ago as parishioners of St. Edwards. We were impressed with his ability to extend himself to others, to share meaningful homilies, and to invite all to participate in an active, Christian community as brothers and sisters. He saw the gifts others had and encouraged them to share those with others which resulted in building a strong parrish community. Being willing to see all sides of an issue without being judgmental was a special gift he had. We will miss him but know his spirit remains always with us.
Efrain and Kathie Díaz
Comment | Posted at 04:41pm via Condolence

Barbara Moore

Fr. Jerry came to us at Cloverdale when he was retired from Dallas - their loss and our gain! He was such a down-to-earth person and his homilies related to every day occurrences so it was easy to relate. He shared his struggles with remaining a good Christian in his everyday life (shopping at Safeway) and that was very uplifting - to know we all struggle. He was a blessing we received late in his life and we will miss him!
Comment | Posted at 03:45pm via Condolence

Marilyn & Phil Krug

Father Jerry was such a warm, funny and spiritual friend and pastor. His homilies were always so thoughtful and original, that it was often felt like they were written just for each one of us who were blessed to hear them. His words would stick with you all week, and then forever. He was sincere and genuine, always inviting to share in the blessings of seeing things in a spiritual perspective. One thing we always think of, is that when you meet a stranger, you may be looking in the face of Jesus; treat people as you would treat Jesus. A tall order to be sure, but humbling and enriching. Fr. Jerry enriched our lives and the lives of many others. The warmth of his words and spirit are always with us. - Marilyn & Phil Krug
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