Staff Member: Father John Cronin
Father John Cronin
I grew up in Port Schuyler (Watervliet) in St. Brigid’s Parish, taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph through 8th grade. We were a tight-knit community too, and we’ve bore much pain and loss when our five churches were consolidated into one. But the faith lives on. I was then taught by the Christian Brothers at LaSalle Institute in Troy, and Manhattan College. I earned my M.S. in Educational Psychology at SUNY, Albany, and stayed in literacy research a handful of years before getting certified to teach elementary children, and found a parish home at St. Madeleine Sophie’s in Schenectady/Guilderland.
I’m “the baby” of my family, with an older brother, Tim, and sister, Terri. My dad, Jack, died suddenly about eight years ago, and my mom, Clementine, still lives in my childhood home. I and my siblings were adopted by these loving and faith-filled parents of mine. I was blessed with a family nurturing me in the Catholic faith, and felt called to priesthood most palpably when I was serving at the stations of the cross on Good Friday when I was 10 years old. But as I entered college, I entered a vast desert, wandering in denial of my true calling. I even left the church for a handful of years. Though I tried to abandon God, He never abandoned me! He just would not let me go -- much to my newfound gratitude, joy, and peace.
So after a long journey in the desert, I was driven by the Holy Spirit (and the Bishop of Albany!) to enter Pope St. John XXII National Seminary in Weston, MA at 41 years of age. I was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 17, 2017. I had a blast as the Parochial Vicar for Mater Christi Parish and School my first two years. I then served at the University Parish of Christ Sun of Justice at RPI as they began to undergo a transition the last seven months. And now, I’m blessed to be joined to the Holy Trinity Parish community as a new pastor. I want to get to know everyone.