Rev. Robert J. Cro, P.S.S.

Assistant Professor of Church History

rcro [at] stmarys.edu

Curriculum vitae

Rev. Robert J. Cro, P.S.S. was appointed Assistant Professor of Church History at St. Mary’s in 2019 after serving for two years on the formation faculty at Theological College, the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. He is an historian with interests not only in the history of the Church, but also in classical culture and art.  In addition to his licentiate in Church history, he has an M.A. in classical archeology from Princeton University. Fr. Cro’s most recent research focuses on the Catholic Church in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth- century America, especially in Louisiana during the transition between Spanish and American rule.

Father Cro has studied and taught abroad in England, Japan, and Italy.  He is a trained archaeologist and an amateur writer.  Ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey in 2012, he served several years in parish ministry before joining the Society of St. Sulpice in 2015.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Ancient and Medieval Christianity
  • Modern and Contemporary Catholicism
  • American Catholicism

Service to the Church

  • Parish ministry
  • Spiritual direction

Recommended Reading

  • Peter Brown, The Rise of Western Christendom, 2nd
  • Eamon Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars, 2nd

A Favorite Quotation

You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God. — Micah 6:8