Michael Joseph Crane

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Michael Joseph Crane (September 8, 1863 – December 26, 1928) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1921 until his death in 1928.

Biography[edit]

Michael Crane was born in Ashland, Pennsylvania, and studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook.[1] He continued his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1890.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Patrick John Ryan on June 15, 1889.[2]

He served as a curate at a parish in Reading and later at St. Malachy Church in Philadelphia.[1] In 1903, he became rector of St. Francis de Sales Church, also in Philadelphia.[1] He was named a papal chamberlain in 1914, and became vicar general of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1920.[3]

On August 20, 1921, Crane was appointed auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia and titular bishop of Curium by Pope Benedict XV.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 19 from Cardinal Dennis Joseph Dougherty, with Bishops John Joseph McCort and Thomas Walsh serving as co-consecrators.[2] As an auxiliary bishop, he continued to serve as pastor of St. Francis de Sales.[1]

He died from pneumonia at the rectory of St. Francis de Sales, at age 65.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "BISHOP CRANE DIES IN PHILADELPHIA". The New York Times. 1928-12-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop Michael Joseph Crane". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ O'Donnell, John Hugh (1922). The Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1790-1922. Washington, D.C.