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Still keeping the light burning

Margaret Cronin. (Photo courtesy, Catholic Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, Sioux Falls.)
by - 5/3/2012
Margaret Cronin makes sure each day that the sanctuary light at Annunciation Catholic Church in Revillo is burning brightly. That light, which represents Christ’s presence in the tabernacle, is also symbolic of her own dedication, despite her 90 years, to her parish and to supporting seminarian education.

Through the Catholic Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, Margaret has two charitable gift annuities which provide her a quarterly check, but as importantly to her, the balance will support seminarian education.

And while not fishing herself, Margaret has been a constant supporter and participant in the Bishop’s Charity Fishing Tournament at Big Stone Lake. “I like seeing the seminarians and how they mix with the people. It gives them some idea of what priesthood might be like,” she says. “And I really enjoy the Mass there, too.” Her contributions, beyond her attendance, included a Terry Redlin print for the auction one year. Last year was the first Big Stone event she missed in person, noting that the walker she now uses is tough to push on gravel.

Her love of seminarian education and the priesthood stems at least in part from the stories she heard from her brother in law, Father Francis Cronin, who struggled to cover the costs of his education during the depression days in the early 1930s. “I’m all for helping the seminarians,” she said. Father Cronin was a diocesan priest ordained in 1934, who was the long time pastor in Tyndall from 1945 until his death in 1965.

Margaret said she is happy to encourage others to consider the charitable gift annuity option. “I like the interest rate. . . and I like that it puts dollars where they can be put to good use.”

Thanks to Margaret, not only is the sanctuary light at her parish burning brightly, but the light from her gift to seminarian education through her charitable gift annuities is helping educate future priests for the Diocese of Sioux Falls.