Scholarships, Mass mark 65th anniversary of priest’s passing
The legacy of late Cathedral rector Msgr. Richard T. Crean was remembered 65 years after his tragic death with a Mass and breakfast in St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, March 21. Two Catholic graduating seniors from Lawrenceville’s Notre Dame High School – Tyler Kenney and Carolyn Smith – were awarded scholarships created to honor the memory of the beloved priest by the event’s host, the Mercer County Federation of Holy Name Societies.
Msgr. Crean was rector of St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, from 1934 until March 14, 1956, when a late-night fire at the Diocese’s Mother Church swept through it and the adjacent chancery and rectory. Rather than fleeing the rectory that was engulfed in flames, Msgr. Crean tried to alert others to the conflagration. He and two housekeepers living within perished. […continue reading]