Father Marc Crilly

Raised in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, Fr. Marc often came to the Abbey with his family while attending Indian Hills High School in Oakland, New Jersey. The third of eleven children, he was surrounded by parents and siblings who, with him, seemed to possessed a natural gift for singing and drama – a gift they would often share with the monks. After finishing high school in 1976, he decided to join the community. Professing monastic vows on September 8, 1981, he completed his college education at the Abbey, and then entered Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts, to study for the priesthood. Fr. Marc was ordained on May 29, 1993.

Over the years, Fr. Marc has been assistant to Fr. Anthony at the barn (when the Abbey had dairy cows), and in the kitchen, together with his main assignment as teacher of the new monks. Currently he is formation director and choir director.