Kolbe Announces Passing of Founder Fran Crotty

December 11, 2018

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Fran Crotty at the age of 85. Fran and his wife Marge co-founded Kolbe Academy in 1980 with Jerry and Dianne Muth and Vince and Lucille Cortese. We owe a particular debt of gratitude to Fran as it was his zeal for Catholic education that led to the creation of the homeschool program in 1989.

Fran was instrumental in the founding of NAPCIS, which he saw as a natural outgrowth of his desire to provide support for faithful Catholic education across the US. He is the author of numerous publications on Catholic education and Catholic home education, including Kolbe's "Ignatian Education in the Home."

Fran and his wife Marge were married for 54 years and have 6 children, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Please join us in praying for the soul of Fran Crotty and for the consolation of his family. The Rosary is Thursday the 13th at 7:30 PM Pacific time in the chapel at Kolbe Academy and Trinity Prep, and the funeral is at 11 AM Pacific time on Friday the 14th at St. Apollinaris Parish in Napa.