Reverend Francis Frank C. Cronin, a retired priest and a member of the presbyterate of the Diocese of Steubenville, died at his Shadyside home, Sunday, August 2, 2009 after a short illness. He was 78 years old.
Fr. Cronin was born June 17, 1931 in Dover, Massachusetts, a son of the late Jeremiah and Delia Fahey Cronin.
He attended Maryknoll Seminary in Lakewood, New Jersey, Maryknoll Seminary in New York and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD. He was ordained by Bishop John King Mussio on May 21, 1958 at Holy Name Cathedral.
Father Cronin’s first assignment was assistant at St. Mary Church and principal of St. Mary Central High School in Marietta. He served as deanery director of Catholic Youth Organization of Assumption Deanery, principal at Seten Catholic Central High School in Lafferty, director of the Catholic Student Center in Athens, assistant and later pastor at St. Paul, Athens, administrator of Christ the King Parish in Athens, St. Henry, Harriettsville and St. Joseph, Burkhart. He served on a variety of committees throughout his priesthood, including the committee of Research for Federal Benefits, Steubenville Register Advisory and Control Board, Diocesan Ecumenical Commission and as a synodal examiner.
Father Cronin especially loved teaching. He was a tenured English professor at Ohio University in Athens from 1966 until August of 2000 when he returned again to active ministry for the Diocese of Steubenville as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Shadyside and at St. John Vianney Parish in Powhatan Point. He served these two parishes until October 2007 when he retired.
A sister Ann Latosek preceded him in death, in addition to his parents.
Surviving are a brother Paul Cronin of Rectortown, VA. and a sister Mary Albert Callelo of Dover, Massachusetts, many nieces and nephews.
Father Cronin’s visitation will begin with a receiving service in St. Mary’s Catholic Church East 40th Street Shadyside at 1p.m. Wednesday with visitation until 8p.m., the Vigil service will be held at 3:45p.m.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at 11a.m. Thursday with the Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon DD JCD PhD as celebrant.
Interment will be in Highland Cemetery Dover, Massachusetts.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church CCD program.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at altmeyer.com