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Meet Brother David Crank--OFM Liaison

The Franciscan Alumni Association welcomed David to the Board on October 28th, 2000.  He replaced Fr. Pat McCloskey as Provincial Liaison.  That means he keeps us informed of happenings in the Franciscan provinces, writes articles for our newsletter, and helps with the annual reunion.

David is a superb speaker and could easily be a DJ or talk show host if he weren't answering a higher vocation.  A biographical outline follows, because you're probably dying to get to know him.  There's more truth in that statement than you might suspect.  Read on.

David currently serves as Province Administrator and Director of the Office for Senior Friars of St. John the Baptist Franciscan Province.

In addition, he is a pastoral care counselor, counseling individuals, families and support groups.  He has designed and prepared liturgies, daily prayers, days of recollection and retreats for a high school community.

David has been involved in outreach and case management for chronic mentally ill adults in the local community and hospitals.

He's also been a physical, psycho/social, hospital chaplain, providing pastoral counseling for the Gay/Lesbian, HIV-challenged and terminally ill community, families and friends. He lived and worked in an inner city Franciscan community and has experience in Case Study Seminars, Group Dynamics, Supportive and Crisis Counseling.

Lastly, he counsels individuals and families regarding funeral services (pre/post and at-need). 


1990  Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies from St. Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois     
1989  Certificate in Lay Ministry from the Archdiocese of Chicago Lay Ministry
1985  Order of Friars Minor, St. John Baptist Province of Franciscans
1975  Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
1974  Associate Degree in Business Administration from Franklin University of Columbus, Ohio

Opportunities of Ministry:

1998-Present Provincial Director, Office of Senior Friars, St. John the Baptist Province
1992-1998 Director Pastoral Care/Hospital Chaplain Kolbe House, Houston, Texas
1991-1992 Pastoral Care Counselor Roger Bacon High School, Cincinnati
1989-1990 Case Manager Threshold-Bridge SW, Chicago
1989 Clinical Pastoral Education Prince of Peace Church, Cincinnati
1986-1987 AIDS Hospice Care/provider Project Lazarus, New Orleans
1986-1987 Soup Kitchen Volunteer Our Daily Bread, Cincinnati
1985-1986 Hospice Care/provider Hospice of SW Michigan, Detroit
1985-Present Franciscan Friar St. John Baptist Province, Cincinnati
1969-1974 Funeral Director/Embalmer Asst., Columbus
1975-Present Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer