George Quickley, S.J.
Lecturer in Ministerial Formation and Theological Reflection
University of Maryland
About the Professor
Fr. Quickley is the pastor of St. Patrick's Parish in Oakland, California. He is the former provincial of the North-West Africa Province of the Society of Jesus.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in the Presbyterian Church, Fr. Quickley converted to Catholicism when he was fifteen. After completing his secondary education in 1964 in the Baltimore public school system, Fr. Quickley attended the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland for two years. In 1966 he became a priest candidate for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and entered St. Maryï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s Seminary in Baltimore for philosophy studies. Upon completion of philosophy, Fr. Quickley was assigned to the Catholic University of America for theology studies. After teaching social studies, history, and special education in the Baltimore school system for three years, Fr. Quickley entered the Jesuit Novitiate in 1974 at Wernersville, Pennsylvania and professed his first vows as a Jesuit in 1976.
Following his profession of vows, Fr. Quickley was sent to Fordham University for graduate studies in philosophy and was then sent to the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley to complete his theology studies for ordination. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1980and for the next 15 years worked in Washington, D.C. as assistant curate at St. Aloysius Church, teacher at Mackin High School, chaplain at Gonzaga High School, and Catholic chaplain at the D.C. Department of Corrections facilities in Lorton, Virginia.
In 1996, Fr. Quickley was missioned by his Province to West Africa where, for fifteen years, he would serve as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Benin City, Nigeria, director of novices in Benin City, Nigeria, and regional superior in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2005, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenback, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, appointed Fr. Quickley as the first provincial of the North-West Africa Province, a province which included the five English-speaking countries of West Africa: Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leon, and the Gambia. Fr. Quickley returned to the United States in 2011 whereupon he was appointed Pastor of St. Patrick and adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University.