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Father Cronin of St. Mary's Church Dies at 75

The Reverend James J. Cronin, age 75, died Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born in Hartford, CT on January 10, 1937, son of the late Matthew and Bridget Herlihy Cronin.

 

 

Father Cronin was raised in Bloomfield, CT and attended St. Peter Grammar School in Hartford, St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hartford and St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. He graduated from St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Yale Divinity School in New Haven.

Father Cronin was ordained at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hartford by Archbishop Henry J. O'Brien on May 31, 1962. He served as an assistant at Sacred Heart Church in Waterbury as well as at St. Augustine Church in North Branford.

Father Cronin was the assistant, co-pastor and Administrator in Waterbury at Saints Peter and Paul Church for 15 years and served as an assistant in Enfield at St. Patrick's Church for two years. Father Cronin was appointed pastor at St. Joseph's in New Haven in 1985 and a dean for the New Haven Deanery. He served as a Presbyterial Council member for 3 years and was the director for the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Ministry from October 1991-July 2011.

He was appointed Pastor of in April of 1994 where he served until his retirement in 2012. Upon his retirement, Father Cronin was named Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary Church in Milford. Survivors include: his brother, Timothy and his wife, Rosemarie, of Pocasset, Massachusetts, his brother Matthew and his wife, Susan, of Falmouth, Massachusetts and his sister, Joan Tyler of Avon, CT, 10 nephews, 2 nieces, 15 grandnephews and 7 grandnieces.

A parish Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8th at St. Marys Church, Milford. The Most Reverent Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford, will be the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church on Wednesday, May 9th. Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Bloomfield, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary Church for the benefit of the Twinning Parish in Haiti, 70 Gulf Street, Milford, CT 06460. The is in charge of arrangements. To leave an on-line condolence, please visit www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.

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