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Fr. Cyril Kenneth Crawford was born in Shreveport on 14 February 1966, and died on 15 May 2012 at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Leuven, Belgium, where he was completing a doctoral degree in philosophy.

Son of Melva Crawford and the late D. Samuel Crawford, Fr. Cyril made his profession as a Benedictine monk on 10 July 2001, and was ordained as a priest on 28 April 2007. He is survived by his mother, his sister Denise Kelems and her husband and children.

Fr. Cyril attended Saint Joseph Seminary College and graduated from Saint Meinrad Seminary in Indiana in 2007. He completed his Masters in Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Leuven, Belgium in 2009. He began his doctoral program the following year, and was preparing his dissertation. A gifted musician, in the 2007-08 academic year, he served as music director for the Abbey.

Family and friends of the Abbey were invited to attend the reception of the body by the community and the vigil service on Monday, 28 May at 5:30 p.m. in the Abbey Church, and the Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, 29 May at 11:15 a.m.

Link to Abbot Justin Brown's homily given at the funeral Mass (12MB mp3 file)

Link to Fr. Cyril's archived web page

Link to Fr. Cyril's Easter Exsultet (10MB mp3 file)

Link to our Flickr photo tribute

Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, the president-rector of Saint Meinrad School of Theology at Saint Meinrad Abbey, Indiana, has posted a moving memorial of Fr. Cyril on his personal blog, which you can read here:
R.I.P. - Fr. Cyril Crawford, OSB

Dr. Martin Stone, a friend of Fr. Cyril's from Leuven, has shared with us the eulogy he gave at a memorial service that was held at American College of Louvain, which you can read here:
Eulogy by Dr. Martin Stone