Date of Death: Monday, September 18, 2017
Rev. John A. Crowley died on Sept. 18, 2017 after a long illness. Fr. was the son of Mary Harten and Edward Crowley. He was raised in a traditional Irish Family in Maspeth, NY. Fr. had six siblings; three brothers and three sisters.
He graduated Power Memorial High School in New York City in 1949. Two years after graduation, Fr. joined the Congregation of the Missions (Vincentians) He attended St. Joseph College in Princeton, NJ, St. Vincent Seminary in Germantown, PA and Mary Immaculate Seminary in North Hampton, PA. He was ordained on May 27, 1961.
Father was a Missionary in Panama. Following his return to the states, Fr. taught in The Minor Seminary in Coral Gables, FL and later in The Major Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL. In 1984 Fr. was incorporated in the newly established Diocese of Palm Beach. Here he ministered as associate pastor at St. Juliana in West Palm Beach, FL then in Vero Beach, FL where he was founder and first Pastor of the newly established parish of St. John of the Cross. Father Crowley retired to Delray Beach FL, then to Lourdes Noreen McKeen in 2011.
He was the beloved brother of Anne Houliban, Sr. Mary Rose Crowley SSND, Margaret Coyle, and the late Joseph Crowley, Walter Crowley and Kathleen Hook, cherished uncle of many loving nieces and nephews, and dear brother-in-law of Eileen Crowley, Mary Crowley, James Hook and Jim Coyle.
Mass of Christian Burial offered at St. Mary’s Church on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 9:45 AM. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue Maspeth, NY 11378