Father Edgar Crowe, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1925-1963)

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Born James Patrick Crowe on April 7, 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the son of James Crowe and Marguerite Folkenhagen Crowe. He went to St. Justin’s all the way through high school. In the middle of his senior year he went to Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk, New York. After two years at Dunkirk he went on to the novitiate. It is noteworthy that during the summer the seminarians were not given an extended vacation. They, of course were of military age, so it was deemed prudent that they return to Dunkirk for part of the summer and have summer jobs. This would prevent any type of criticism by the public. Pat Crowe, as he was known, worked in a canning factory in Fredonia, New York and also assisted as a counselor at St. Joseph’s Home, an orphanage at Dunkirk. He was professed on August 15, 1946. The next four years he spent at St. Ann’s Monastery, Scranton, Pennsylvania. During this time he wrote some essays on St. Ann’s Novena that were published by The Passionist, a publication from Holy Cross Province in the United States. In 1950 his class moved to Baltimore for their third year of theology. He was left behind because of a cyst operation. This developed into pneumonia and there were thoughts that he might not survive. He was able to join his class again. The last year of theology was in Union City, New Jersey where he was ordained on February 28, 1952. After a year of sacred eloquence he was sent to The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. in order to study English. He served as a proctor of undergraduate boys at Gibbons Hall. He eventually became head proctor. In June 1955 he received his M.A. The topic of his thesis was Robert Browning. There was a decision that he should pursue a doctorate in history. At the same time he was chaplain to the national Catholic fraternity of Phi Kappa Theta. In 1958 Father Crowe went to Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk to be a professor of English and serve as Assistant Director of Students. He also was a Catholic chaplain at the Newman Club, Fredonia After four years he became Director of Students. He was assigned to West Hartford, Connecticut to direct Holy Family College Seminary. During the summer of 1963 he lived in the Baltimore community and was working on the final stages of his doctoral dissertation. He died of a heart attack.