Billy, whose Irish immigrant parents gave him the name Liam
, was devastated by the loss.
They had a press conference at Cathedral Prep, Liam
said, and stated that they were against putting the killer to death, explaining that this was not a Christian response.
"Theirs was a loving response, in the true Christian spirit.Truly countercultural," Liam
, the violent loss of the friend with whom he
sang Irish songs and planned to be a priest, had robbed life of innocence and fun.He
got a summer job in the mailroom of the ad agency BBD&O
, and didn't return to Cathedral Prep.He went to Manhattan College in his native Bronx, majored in English and French and lived in France for a year.After a couple of years working for Blue Cross he turned to law school, graduated from Yeshiva University and practiced in Manhattan.
Each July 6 he
joined the McEvoys
at the anniversary Mass for Hugh at Corpus Christi Church
friend never left his
mind.Neither did the priesthood.He
began attending daily Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral
and praying the Liturgy of the Hours, and soon he
was studying at The Catholic University of America
in Washington, D.C. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien of the Military Services consecrated his
chalice at a Mass in his
residence there.Liam Quinlan
was ordained a priest of the Bridgeport, Conn., Diocese on May 29.
friend near him, too, he
said.And this year he
was the celebrant of the Mass for Hugh on July 6, the 21st anniversary of his
death.Father Quinlan is a parish priest now in the northern part of Fairfield County, where, he said, half of the parishioners are from the Bronx.He
tells them, "I'm a Tolentine boy," and there's instant rapport.