Fintan Crowley, OFM
1898 – 1954
Fr. Fintan Crowley, OFM, was born on March 6, 1898 in Buffalo, N.Y. After five years at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1917, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1921 and was ordained in 1924.
He taught history at St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., and at the Callicoon seminary. Fr. Fintan was among the 12 friars assigned to Aquinas Institute in Rochester, N.Y., in 1929. When the project was abandoned, he went to St. Patrick’s Parish in Buffalo. In 1932, he returned to St. Bonaventure College, where he served as head of the history department and taught for 14 years. Fr. Fintan also taught at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., serving as dean and vice president. During his final years, he was a compassionate confessor at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City.
He died on Feb. 26, 1954 at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City. Fr. Fintan was 55 years old, a professed friar for 35 years and a priest for 29 years.