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Oklahoma City Archdiocese mourns death of the Rev. Roberto Quant

The Rev. Roberto Quant, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2706 S Shartel, died Monday. He was 52.
by Carla Hinton Published: May 8, 2013

A priest who led the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City's largest predominantly Hispanic parish has died.

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese said the Rev. Roberto Quant, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2706 S Shartel, died Monday. He was 52.

Tina Dzurisin, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said Quant's cause of death was unknown. She said funeral arrangements have not been finalized.

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said the archdiocese, particularly the parishioners of Sacred Heart, will miss Quant's “joyful presence.”

“Father Roberto Quant was such a joyful priest,” Coakley said. “He often mentioned to his friends that he considered it among his greatest blessings to have been called to the priesthood and to have had the opportunity to serve in that way — and he lived his vocation to the fullest.

“He leaves behind him a rich legacy. As a priest, a son, brother and friend, he enriched the lives of those around him with his delightfully animated intelligence and abiding good spirits. As the beloved pastor of Sacred Heart parish, he attended to the spiritual needs of more than 8,000 parishioners with generosity and a smile. As the judicial vicar in the provincial tribunal, he was an effective and amiable colleague.”

Quant was born Sept. 22, 1960, in Nicaragua. The Rev. Don Wolf, pastor of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Shawnee, said Quant and his parents moved from Nicaragua to Honduras during a period of conflict in his native country. He said Quant grew up in the church and attended Catholic schools. Quant eventually traveled to Alva to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Archdiocese leaders said Quant was ordained as an archdiocesan priest on June 1, 1991.

Wolf said he served on a seminarian board with Quant. He said Quant, whose native language was Spanish, identified with his parishioners, many of whom came to Oklahoma from Mexico.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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