Msgr. Patrick Cronin
August 23, 1940 – May 14, 2019
Msgr Patrick Cronin, born and raised in County Cork, Ireland, to Ann Quinn and Daniel Cronin, who preceded him in death. He is survived by 1st Cousins Robert & Elizabeth Cronin, Terrence Cronin, and Brid O Sleherty; 2nd Cousins Robert and Kevin Cronin along with other family members and his beloved parishioners from the various Catholic Churches within the Archdiocese of San Antonio, whose lives he has touched.
Father Pat, as he preferred to be called, would have celebrated his 52nd anniversary of ordination as a priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio on June 10. Father Pat was honored by Pope John Paul II with the honorary title of Monsignor in 1998.
Father Pat is best remembered for his devotion to our Lord, and his priesthood, through the love he showed his parish family. He was always available for his flock, even at the end. He often said he prayed for his Prince of Peace parishioners daily. Let his legacy of service, love for one another, and especially love for our Lord, live on in all of us who loved him.
His first priestly assignment was at St. Mary Magdalen Church working with the religious education program. In the archdiocese, Father Pat served at St. Paul’s Church in San Antonio, Blessed Sacrament Church in San Antonio, St. Luke Church in Loire, Our Lady of Perpetual Church in Selma, and finally in June 1993 was assigned to Prince of Peace Church, serving there until June 2016.
In 1987, while assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a group of parishioners approached Father Pat about developing a parish based retreat meant to inspire people: renewing and strengthening an individuals’ fellowship with Christ and encouraging a person to become more involved in the parish community. This became the ACTS retreat program.
In February 1999, the first Couple Shared Prayer retreat at Prince of Peace was held. He gave married couples the opportunity to develop a stronger relationship between themselves and the Lord through prayer.
Father Pat received the St. John Vianney Award honoring an outstanding priest of the archdiocese in 2015. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, stated in introductory remarks, “Father Pat’s lifetime of priestly service has been a blessing to the people of the archdiocese.”
Prince of Peace is currently raising funds to building a new Parish Life Center – adding additional classrooms and meeting rooms -- which will be named for Father Pat. In endorsing the effort, he stated, “While this building will someday bear my name, this honor is not mine. All glory be to Christ.”
All funeral services will be held at the church at 7893 Grissom Road. On Sunday, May 19, viewing will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and rosary will be held at 5:30 p.m. On Monday, May 20, viewing will be held from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with rosary at 9 a.m. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, presiding.
In lieu of flowers, those interested in honoring Father Pat's legacy of service to Prince of Peace Parish are asked to make a pledge or donation in his memory to the "Like a Mustard Seed" campaign, as the monsignor will be the namesake of the Monsignor Patrick Cronin Parish Life Center.
- Robert and Elizabeth Cronin, 1st Cousin
- Terrence Cronin, 1st Cousin
- Brid O Sleherty, 1st Cousin
- Robert Cronin, 2nd Cousin
- Kevin Cronin, 2nd Cousin
- Visitation Sunday, May 19, 2019
- Rosary Sunday, May 19, 2019
- Visitation Monday, May 20, 2019
- Rosary Monday, May 20, 2019
- Funeral Mass Monday, May 20, 2019
Msgr. Patrick Cronin
Norma Wheatley Favaro
May 24, 2019
Father Pat Cronin was so important in my life. He was a young priest when I was going to CCD, as a child, at St Paul’s. He gave last rights to my brother-in-law when he died at age 42 of brain cancer. I will never forget his shock when we told him he died within minutes of Father Pat leaving him...he was visibly shaken, stating that he really didn’t think such a young, strong man would go as fast as he did, he talked with us and helped us accept our grief. He continued as a strong presence in my Mom’s life when she moved to Prince of Peace parish. I ran into him last year when my mother had moved to an assisted center. When I told him where she was, he visited her regularly and would call and keep me up to date on how she was doing when he visited. She died May 10, at age 96, I am happy to know they are in God’s light together.
May 19, 2019
Fr. Pat touched our lives in an ACTS retreat, I attended in 1998 and my husband Deacon Mark Escobar attended in 1999. We then both attended the 2013 Married Couples’ Shared Prayer retreat. Although we’re from Del Río, Tx we made Prince of Peace our church away from home because of Fr Pat. He has been an inspiration to us in our ministry, he was loved by many here in Del Río, Tx as well. He touched many lives, and will continue to touch many lives in heaven. I am certain that he heard the Lord tell him “well done my good and faithful servant”🙏. We love you Fr Pat♥️
Marty & Tina Caldwell
May 19, 2019
Oh how we missed him when he left Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish. He was such a caring priest and a very good friend. We loved him with all our hearts.
May 17, 2019
Father Pat always made it a point to ensure that everyone felt special. He was a kind and loving man who inspired love amongst all and above all. I will miss him.
May 17, 2019
Great great man, he helped me on my journey to finding my Lord and Savior again and helped me to see that Our Lord is an Awsome God and Loves all of us and that we can all be forgiven as long as we turn to Our Lord.I will miss him but know he was welcomed home by Our Lord and Savior.
Rest In Peace Fr. Pat and welcome Home .
May 17, 2019
Father Pat was a loving caring amazing Person, who truly made this a better place for so many people.
My memories were happy ones full of laughter. The most important memory was enjoining breakfasts for dinner at Jim’s. And having Hot Tea with cream. Sometimes just dessert his favorite was beach cobbler with ice cream.
Father Pat you forever be in my heart.
May 16, 2019
A wonderful person who was called to serve and serve he did. He will not be forgotten.