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Obituary: Richard Cronin

Obituary: Richard Cronin

April 11th, 2019 in Obituaries

Reverend Richard Cronin, age 84, of Westphalia, retired Priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2019, at Westphalia Hills Senior Living Community. Father Richard Cronin was born on June 25, 1934, in Cork City, Ireland, the son of the late Christopher and Mary (Lynch) Cronin. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Christopher Cronin, Michael Cronin and Patrick Cronin; three of his sisters, Mary Cronin, Mrs. Bonnie Koche and Mrs. Pauline Meany. He is survived by his sisters, Mrs. Breda Healy and Mrs. Monica O'Leary; brother-in-law, Tim O'Leary; and his numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and his many friends in Ireland and in his adopted home in the United States. Father Cronin studied at St. Mary Mount College and St. Finbarr's Seminary, both in Cork, Ireland from 1949-1952, St. Patrick College, Carlow, Ireland from 1952-1955, and St. Kieran's Seminary in Kilkenny, Ireland from 1955-1960. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 5, 1960, for the Diocese of Jefferson City, at St. Kieran's Seminary, Kilkenny, Ireland, by Most Reverend Patrick Collier, Bishop of Ossory, Ireland. His pastoral assignments were: Associate Pastor, St. Peter's Cathedral, Jefferson City, appointed August 1, 1960; Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Jefferson City, appointed August 27, 1962; Chaplain, Missouri State Penitentiary and Carmelite Monastery, both in Jefferson City - appointed August 18, 1964; Pastor, St. Cecilia Church, Meta - appointed January 6, 1970; Administrator, Cathedral of St. Joseph - appointed July 15, 1970; Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, Jefferson City - appointed May 11, 1973; Sabbatical Year in Rome - August 1, 1982; Pastor, SS. Peter & Paul Church, Boonville - appointed September 15, 1983; Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Westphalia and St. Anthony of Padua Church, Folk - appointed August 21, 1984; Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Columbia - appointed August 1, 1990; Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, Loose Creek - appointed November 28, 1990; Retired June 30, 1999. Other positions held by Father Cronin include: Extraordinary Confessor for Carmelite Sisters of St. Joseph Home for the Aged - appointed 1963; Special Spiritual Advisor to Boys' Department, Helias High School - appointed 1963; Director, Office of Social Concerns - appointed 1970; Cursillo Movement Chaplain - appointed 1970; Spiritual Moderator of Diocesan Sisters Association -1971; Chaplain, Glennon Circle No. 322, Daughters of Isabella, appointed 1972; Pro-Snodal Judge, Defender of Bond, Vice Chancellor -1983-1999; Priests' Personnel Board - 1985-1997; Dean, Osage Deanery - 1993-1994; Priests' Senate - 1993-1998; Ministry to Priests Committee - 1993-1998; Father Cronin celebrated his 25th Anniversary of Holy Priesthood on June 5, 1985, at St. Joseph Church in Westphalia. He celebrated his Golden Jubilee on June 5, 2010, at St. Joseph Church in Westphalia. Father Cronin will lie in state from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia on Friday, April 12, 2019, where a Prayer Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. He will also lie in state from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia where the concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Bishop W. Shawn McKnight officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery in Westphalia. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Samaritan Center or the St. Joseph Catholic Church Renovation Fund in Westphalia. Arrangements are under the direction of HILKE-MILLARD Funeral Home, 101 Linn Street, Westphalia, MO 65085. (573) 455-2424. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.millardfamilychapels.com