Tributes Paid To Popular Acton Parish Priest

Father Fintan Crotty from Our Lady of Lourdes has been buried in Dublin


Tributes have flooded in for a much loved Acton priest, Father Fintan Crotty, who died last month after contracting Covid19.
The 85 year old had been Curate at Our Lady of Lourdes on Acton High Street for 17 years.
Father Fintan was born in Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny in 1935, studied Theology and Philosophy in the U.S. and was ordained in 1960.

Congregation of the Sacred Hearts

His main ministry was in parishes: Holy Cross in Bedford, St Augustine’s in Daventry, Sacred Heart in Sruleen, Clondalkin and Our Lady of Lourdes in Acton, London.
There had been plans for retirement but they never materialised and Father Fintan continued to minister in the High Street church until he died.

A requiem mass was held in Acton and another took place at the Church of the Sacred Heart which Fr Fintan built and encouraged during his eleven years in Clondalkin Dublin. He was buried in the Sacred Hearts Community Plot, Palmerstown Cemetery, Dublin.

Described as a ''kind and gentle person'' who always had a big smile, friends and parishoners have been sharing their memories of the man they said was ''an inspirational priest who dedicated his life to his parish and his people."
Many Acton residents have expressed their sadness and spoken of  Father Fintan as a ''true man of the people'' who had time for everyone but especially those in need.

''You loved people and made us laugh on so many occasions. Your humour and lovely kind gentle nature were unique and you will be sorely missed. You were a true gentleman with a lovely heart and soul. May God rest your beautiful soul. You will be missed more than you could ever have imagine. Our Lady of Lourdes will never be the same without you." 
Father Fintan was predeceased by his brothers Brendan and Patrick and his sister, Sr Angela.

A memorial page and book of condolences can be found here

RIP Father Fintan Crotty 14.04/1935 - 06/01/2021



1960—1961 : Teacher & Pastor, Bishop Amat High School, Glendora, California, USA
1961—1962 : Secretary, Provincial House, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA
1962—1968 : Vocation Director, Ireland-England Province
1968—1970 : Director, Fr Damien Juniorate, Clones, Co Monaghan
1970—1977 : Parish Priest, Holy Cross Church, Bedford, England
1974—1977 : Provincial, Ireland-England Province
1977—1980 : Parish Priest, St Augustine’s, Daventry, Northants, England
1980—1991 : Development & Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Parish, Sruleen, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
1991—1992 : Sabbatical, Sacred Hearts Community, Berkeley, California, USA
1992—2002 : Parish Priest, Holy Cross Church, Bedford, England
2003—2004 : Sabbatical
2004—2021 : Curate, Our Lady of Lourdes, Acton, London W3 8AA, England


Annemarie Flanagan

February 11, 2021