A request for prayers: Robert Crouse – R.I.P.

Robert CrouseA favor please.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rev. Robert Crouse, a priest of the Church of Canada (Episcopalian/Anglican) who was a friend.

I met him years ago at the Augustinianum in Rome where he taught as a visiting professor.

Prof. Crouse taught for a long time at King’s/Dalhousie in Halifax, NS, in the Classics Department.  His former students speak of him always in glowing terms.

Robert was a great scholar, a fine musician, brilliant educator, excellent cook, and one of the finest gentlemen I have ever met.

He shared my apartment in Rome for a semester while he was teaching there.  In the evenings I would prepare the first course, he the second, and then we read Dante’s Divine Comedy from beginning to end, a few cantos a night, I reading in Italian with facing page translations, and he commenting and explaining.  He was a great expert on Dante, and also on John Scotus Eriugena.  He helped me with my first thesis as well.  We also traveled around looking at Romanesque churches, sometime way out in the countryside so that we nearly needed hayricks to reach them.  It was he who spurred my love of that style of architecture.

Robert Crouse is one of those men for whom I have little worry as far as the after life is concerned.

But we who are still in this vale of tears must never presume.

We must constantly implore God’s mercy for the souls of those who have died and He will dispose all according to His will.

Please say a prayer for the repose of the soul of Robert Crouse, who died recently.

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  1. Fr_Sotelo says:

    I have also been blessed with the friendship of non-Catholic clergy who are Godly men and who are exemplary in their search to give God glory. May Dr. Crouse be received by the Good Shepherd into paradise and there meet those whose wisdom he studied here on earth.

  2. Maria says:

    Father Z.,
    I will pray for Dr. Crouse.

    May he know eternal Joy in Christ his Lord.

  3. Bruce says:

    Here is a link to some of Rev. Crouse’s writings:


    May he rest in peace.

  4. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercies of God, rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon them.

  5. Supertradmum says:

    Sounds like a wonderful priest. May his soul be escorted to Heaven by angels….

  6. Liz says:


  7. Joe in Canada says:

    I had the Rev. Dr as a professor and it was a great blessing. He inspired my love of Dante and was among the first to show me that there was such a thing as a Catholic intellectual tradition, and not just the Charismatic renewal. He was always a gentle man whose first concern was the Gospel.
    I know he suffered from what Anglicanism was inflicting on itself in Canada and elsewhere, and saw himself as working for the day of corporate reunion. While I find it sad that he never joined the Catholic Church, I see him as of that generation of Anglicans who prepared the way for Anglicanorum coetibus. May he rest in peace.

  8. Mike says:

    Of course!

  9. Allan S. says:

    Vespers tonight for his intentions, and offering up sufferings for his intentions right now!

  10. Rev. Robert Crouse will be added to my daily prayers for the Holy Souls. May he rest in peace.

  11. Allan S. says:

    Perhaps we could add Vespers for the dead this evening as well for his intention? Podcast…?

  12. PghCath says:

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

    While I hate that it’s often in the context of a prayer request like this, thank you for introducing us to another of your remarkable friends.

  13. irishgirl says:

    Yes, of course, Father Z! I just sent up a Hail Mary for your friend.
    Nice picture of the two of you, BTW….

  14. pedantic_prof says:

    A lovely tribute to your mentor, who will be remembered in my prayers.

  15. Random Friar says:

    Prayers for your friend. May we all meet at the Heavenly Feast!

  16. QMJ says:

    Prayers said.

    + Eternal memory.

  17. UncleBlobb says:

    Father Z.,

    I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your friend. May he rest in peace.

    I also very much appreciate your sharing a little of your friendship and experiences with Dr. Crouse. It is a great thing to me to see your example of how to be a friend, and how to just enjoy one another’s company and shared interests, and spend purely leisure time together. Being a good friend is apparently a talent. May I have such a friend as Dr. Crouse some day!

  18. marthawrites says:

    Two points: one, we often don’t think about how the death of someone affects his friends as deeply as it does his family; I try to remember friends of the deceased when praying for mourners. Secondly, just as we pray for those who have been influential in guiding us to where we are in life today, we can remember to pray for those who have mentored our mentors. May your friend and teacher rest in the peace of God’s eternal glory .

  19. Tina in Ashburn says:

    What a sweet write-up, Father. I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your friend who sounds like an extraordinary individual. My he rest in peace and may those left behind be comforted.

  20. edm says:

    I am very sorry for the loss of your friend.
    May he rest on peace.
    I shall pray for him and have a sanctuary candle at one of our side altars burn for him next week.

  21. Prayed for the Reverend. RIP.

  22. Fr Deacon Daniel says:

    Blessed repose and eternal memory!

  23. Inkstain says:

    Thank you Father for the beautiful post. I will keep him in my prayers

  24. Hidden One says:

    Requiescat in pace.

  25. Prayed for him last night, didn’t remember to post about it. Will pray again. :)

  26. benedetta says:

    I will also pray for him.

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