Rest in Peace Fr. Mike

Fr. Michael Leonard Anthony Cremin, SAC

Born – May 24, 1958

First Consecration –  May 31, 1979

Ordination –  June 11, 1983

Passed to Eternal Life –  September 18, 2019

(Funeral arrangements below)

  

Born on May 24, 1958 in Cork, Ireland. He was the second son of his late beloved parents, John Joe and Josephine (Josie) and had two brothers, Tony and Kieran who also predeceased him. He is sadly missed by his loving Pallottine Community, his family, sister-in-law Linda, nephew Conor, niece Christina, his uncle Fr Michael Cremin, O.Carm, many cousins and their families, by his much loved parishioners and by a wide circle of friends.

Fr. Mike was called to serve the Lord and he entered the Pallottine Community in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, in September 1976, he received his formation in Ireland and made First Consecration as a Pallottine on 31 May 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1983. Michael began his ministry in England and served as parochial vicar at the Parish of Our Lady of the Visitation, Greenford, Middlesex. He went on to serve as Chaplain at Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School, Greenford.  He had the opportunity for further studies and pastoral development and spent a year at the Institute of St. Anselm, Cliftonville, Kent, England. He was later transferred to Ireland and spent 6 years at St. Patrick Parish, Corduff, Dubin and while waiting for his visa to minister as a priest in the US he worked at our Pallottine Mission Centre in Thurles. He was appointed to the Pallottine Mission House in Wyandotte & then to the parishes of St. Joseph & St. Vincent Pallotti in Wyandotte.

Fr. Mike has made his home in Wyandotte as pastor of St. Vincent Pallotti Parish. He is well known in the community as the “little Irish Leprechaun priest”. There wasn’t a day that you would go by that whenever he was out, someone would know him and come to talk to him.

Fr. Mike was a ‘people’s person’ and this characterized his 36 years of priestly ministry, he was committed to the ministry entrusted to him, he was positive and outgoing and tried to bring joy, the joy of the Gospel, to all pastoral situations.

Fr. Mike was gracious and giving and was kindhearted. Fr. Mike reminded us that it is important to be around the people that brought out the best in you. Fr. Mike would stop whatever he was doing to assist those who needed him.

Fr. Mike loved the children of the parish and it would please him so much when he saw them attend Mass and assist him in serving Our Lord at the altar.

Fr. Mike enjoyed his new Rectory, which he called the “little house on the Maple”. It gave him a bird’s eye view of St. Joseph Church as he sat at the kitchen table having tea and cookies. Fr. Mike looked forward to planning his parish trips to Ireland and abroad, and always enjoyed being the “travel agent” for the group.

Sadly Fr. Mike was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and he faced it with hope and all throughout he never lost his positive outlook and his desire to continue to minster. He was very much ‘at home’ in Wyandotte and lived his last week’s knowing that he was buoyed up by the prayers, Mass intentions and good wishes of his community and his many, many friends, as well as the bowls of soup and snacks prepared with care to tempt his depleted appetite.

Fr. Mike will be sadly missed, as he would always remind us, “I’m just on the bus behind you” and now…  Fr. Mike is on the bus ahead of us all.

May he rest in Peace.

Amen.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

IN REPOSE

Saturday, September 21 – 3 pm to 8 pm; Rosary 7 pm

St. Patrick Catholic Church

135 Superior Blvd., Wyandotte

Sunday, September 22 – 2 pm to 8 pm; Rosary 7 pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church

344 Elm Street, Wyandotte

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Monday, September 23 – 10 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church

344 Elm Street, Wyandotte

We express our sincere thanks to all who have accompanied us on this journey through your prayers and encouragement during this difficult time.

May you continue to keep him in your prayers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pallottine Fathers, 3352 Fourth Street, Wyandotte, MI 48192, in memory of Fr. Mike.

“May his gentle soul Rest in Peace”