Rev. Michael P. Cronogue, S.S.E., 68, died on October 13, 2016. Father Cronogue, son of George and Mary Cronogue, was born on November 08, 1947 in West Hartford, CT. He was a professed member of the Society of Saint Edmund for 43 years and an Edmundite priest for 39 years.
Fr. Cronogue received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Northeastern University in 1970. He completed his master’s degree in Theology at the University of Saint Michael’s College in Toronto, Canada in 1976. In 2009 he was awarded a Doctor of Education from the University of Vermont.
Bishop John Marshall ordained Father Cronogue on May 07, 1977, at the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. Following ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Cronogue served as parochial vicar at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Selma, AL, from 1977-80, and the next thirty years of his priesthood at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, as Campus Minister, Director of the Center of Peace and Justice. In 1990, Fr. Cronogue founded the Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (M.O.V.E). His commitment to the students at St. Michael’s College is acknowledged by numerous awards, including the Yearbook Dedication from the Class of 2000, the Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Award in recognition of his tireless championing of service, ethics, and rights at St. Michael’s College, and most recently the Rev. Gerald Dupont Award presented by the Student Association of St. Michael’s College.
Fr. Cronogue served the Edmundite Community in several leadership positions from 1991-2014 as Local Superior of the Society of St. Edmund at St. Michael’s College, General Councilor of the Edmundite Community, and as Superior General. He also served as Director of Formation and Vocation Director of the Edmundite Community and as a member of the St. Michael’s College Board of Trustees.
Along with his Edmundite Brothers, Father Cronogue is survived by his brother Mark from New York City, and his brother Ronald from North Carolina and his wife, Tina and sons, Graham and Ian from Washington, D.C.. His dear friends Art and Jennifer Cernosia and their sons, Mark and Peter from Williston, VT.
Viewing will be on Thursday, October 20, from 10:00 am – 12:45 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel at St. Michael’s College, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to M.O.V.E at Saint Michael’s College, P.O. Box 256, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester, VT 05439