Venerable Edel Mary Quinn

Venerable Edel Mary QuinnProfile

As a girl Edel felt a call to religious life, but ill health prevented it. Joined the Legion of Mary in Dublin, Ireland at age 20 and gave herself completely to its work. In 1936, at age 29 and dying of tuberculosis, she became a Legion of Mary envoy, a missionary to East and Central Africa. With faith and zeal wrestling with her ebbing strength, she travelled jungle roads with her Islamic driver in a 1932 V-8 Ford, breaking through racial prejudice and planting the Legion standard. In 7 1/2 years she established hundreds of Legion branches and councils in Zanzibar, Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda, Nyasaland, and Mauritius.






Eternal Father, I thank you for the grace you gave to your servant, Edel Quinn, of striving to live always in the joy of your presence, for the radiant charity infused into her heart by your Holy Spirit and for the strength she drew from the Bread of Life to labour until death for the glory of Your name in loving dependence on Mary, Mother of the Church. Confident, O Merciful Father, that her life was pleasing to you, I beg you to grant me, through her intercession, the special favour I now implore (here pause for silent thought of intention) and to make known by miracles the glory she enjoys in Heaven, so that she may be glorified also by your Church on earth, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. We place our petition in the hands of Mary to whom Edel turned in every need. Hail Mary…. prayer for the beatification of Venerable Edel


What is happening to me? Is Jesus coming? – Venerable Edel’s dying words

I could never refuse her anything I thought she wanted. – Venerable Edel on her devotion to Our Lady

More than anything else I believe in the power of prayer. – Venerable Edel

What boundless trust we should have in God’s love! We can never love too much; let us give utterly and not count the cost. God will respond to our faith in Him” – Venerable Edel

Mary loves us because we are Christ’s legacy to her. Let us give ourselves completely to her to be made all His, to be consumed unceasingly, to be spent for Christ” – Venerable Edel

To suffer for love of Our Lord is my very greatest joy. – Venerable Edel

It is certain that the Servant of God, Edel Mary Quinn, a secular virgin of the Legion of Mary, practised to a heroic degree the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity towards God and her neighbour and likewise the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude. Pope John Paul II

Dear Jesus make Thyself to me
A living bright reality
More present to Faith’s vision keen
Than any outward object seen
More dear, more intimately nigh
than e’en the sweetest earthly tie
– Venerable Edel’s favourite prayer

MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Edel Mary Quinn“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 May 2020. Web. 6 December 2021. <>