OBITUARY

Fr. Roderick Crispo ,OFM

May 30, 1928September 30, 2020

Father Roderick A. Crispo, OFM passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, September 30, 2020 at Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary in Chestnut Hill, MA. He was 92 years old and had been the seminary’s Spiritual Director.

Affectionately known as Fr. Rod, prior to joining Redemptoris Mater Seminary in 2008, Fr. Rod had served in various ministries with the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception Province, including as pastor of various parishes in New York and as Provincial Minister from 1989-1995.

Fr. Roderick had a love for life. He adored Frank Sinatra and Doris Day’s songs and he could listen endlessly to In the Mood by Glenn Miller and laugh his head off enjoying the Jack Benny Program. He was also a devoted Yankees fan, an ice cream enthusiast and, as he used to say, hopelessly a “sun worshiper”. Fr. Rod, however, reserved the greatest part of his heart for those whom he served, especially the seminarians and priests who asked him for spiritual advice and confession. Fr. Rod was a gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor who always had a word of encouragement for everyone. His intense love for life was only second to his greater love of eternal life. Fr. Rod lived and died wearing the brown habit as a true son of St. Francis and a brother to all those who knew him. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends, and especially by the priests, faculty and seminarians at Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

Fr. Rod is survived by many nieces, nephews and grandnieces as well as an older (Elizabeth A. Crispo) and two younger sisters (Carmel M. Crispo and MaryGrace Warren).

The wake and prayer vigil for Fr. Rod will be at St. Lawrence Church (774 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA) on Monday, October 5, from 8PM until Tuesday 6AM. There will be a PRIVATE funeral Mass in Troy, NY, for family and relatives, followed by the burial at a later date in St. Francis Cemetery in Andover, MA.

Donations in loving memory of Fr. Roderick A. Crispo, OFM may be sent to Redemptoris Mater Seminary at 774 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-2501.

Services

  • Vigil

    Monday, October 5, 2020

Memories

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Anthony Della Mura Sr

October 17, 2020

Great Fond Memories of Fr. Rod when Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mount Vernon New York. Taught me some valuable life lessons. Always a special place in my heart.

Always Remembered, NEVER forgotten

Anthony Della Mura Sr

Audrey Iscaro

October 6, 2020

Sending Mrs Warren, Pamela, and the rest of the Crispo family my condolences (and I speak for the rest of the LISELLA family). Fr. Rod will always hold a special place in our hearts. He was a good priest and a wonderful friend to our family. I added a post to the Mt Carmel Facebook page and, not surprisingly, everyone has the fondest memories of him.
May he Rest In Peace in our Lord’s hands. Most sincerely,
Audrey LISELLA Iscaro

Karen Pollastrino

October 6, 2020

I also remember Fr. Rod from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Mt. Vernon, NY and his sister, Mary Warren, who was my 3rd grade teacher in 1962-1963. Big disappointment when he left the parish for the Big Apple. He was young and modern, a relief from all the thundering older priests. I'm pretty sure all of the girls were a little bit in awe of him because he was so darn good-looking. It's good to know that he lived a long life bringing his love of life to so many people in different places.

Brian Christopoulod

October 5, 2020

Fr. Rod was the best priest I ever had to honor to know. He was unbelievably kind, loving, compassionate, generous. A heartfelt empathize, a brilliantly compelling orator, a wise, learned man who was the ideal of what a son of St. Francis should be. He had the ability to literally transform people's inborn prejudices and was truly an agent of God's love and peace. He was a "priest's priest". I will miss him terribly. Well he is at eternal peace with his Creator. Rod, way to go; "Pax et Bonum".

Leo Licciardone

October 4, 2020

Fr. Rod was a much loved and youthfully dynamic parish priest at Our Last od Mt. Carmel Church in Mt. Vernon, NY during the '60's. During those years my brothers and I attended the parish school. Our parish dedicated Facebook page lit up with sadness as his passing was announced as many fond words and memories of his time were exchanged.
Condolences to his family which includes my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Mary Warren.

Andres Torres

October 4, 2020

Our deepest condolences on behalf of the communities of the Neocatechumenal Way in Our Lady of Peace Church, Brooklyn, New York. Thank you Father Rod for opening the doors for the Way over twenty years ago, through you many many marriages were saved, children were born and families were reunited. We pray that you may reunite with the Father and rest in eternal peace.
“Lord, for Your faithful people life is changed, not ended.
When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death
we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.” (Preface of Christian Death I)

Fr. Lukasz Wisniewski

October 4, 2020

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October 2, 2020

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