Parish of St. Thomas More Manalapan, New Jersey

   Reverend Mark W. Crane,

Reverend Mark W. Crane

I was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 2005 after five years of preparation at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, and two years in the permanent diaconate program for the Diocese of Trenton.

Previously it had been my life long goal to forecast the weather, and so I took mostly math and science classes in high-school, and majored in meteorology at both Kean University (undergraduate) and Rutgers University (graduate). Upon graduating from Rutgers in 1982, I began my career as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. Desiring a cooler climate, I resigned from teaching in 1990 to take a position as a research scientist at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ.

While in Princeton, I became actively involved in several ministries at St. Paul's parish. First I became a lector, then an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and a hospital visitor. For seven years I decorated the church for all the liturgical seasons. I began to value my ministries more than my career in meteorology. I began studying to become a permanent deacon but had several profound spiritual experiences that convinced me to resign from my career, sell my home, and enter the seminary to study for the priesthood in 2000.

After ordination I was assigned to St. Thomas More Parish as parochial vicar on June 17, 2005. I became administrator of St. Thomas More Parish on June 23, 2008 and pastor on September 1, 2009. The official installation ceremony occurred on November 22, 2009 and was one of the happiest days of my life.

God has been very good to me! I pray that He continues to give me the grace and wisdom to guide St. Thomas More Parish into the months and years to come and that He continues to bless our parish with the wonderful and talented volunteers who make so many good things happen.

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