Msgr. Michael Curran


Msgr. Michael Curran, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn who was a member of the faculty at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie for eight years, died Oct. 10. He was 66.

Msgr. Curran had served as a professor of moral theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary since 2013.

Msgr. Curran was the founding pastor of Blessed Trinity, Rockaway Point, Queens, 2008-2013, and also served as pastor of St. Thomas More-St. Edmund, Rockaway Point, 2005-2008, and St. Catharine of Alexandria, Brooklyn, 2002-2005. He was director of studies and admissions at Pontifical North American College, Rome, 1997-2002; professor of moral

theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, 1988-1997; and parochial vicar of St. Thomas More-St. Edmund, Rockaway Point, 1982-1985.

A Vigil Mass was celebrated Oct. 13 at St. Joseph’s Seminary, and a Funeral Mass was offered Oct. 15 at St. Thomas More Church, Rockaway Point.

“The faithful of the Rockaways, like the seminarians of Dunwoodie, will miss this witty and wise scholar-priest,” said Auxiliary Bishop James Massa of Brooklyn, the rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary.

Raised in Brooklyn, he attended Cathedral Preparatory Seminary. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Cathedral College, Douglaston, Queens, and was ordained a priest by the late Bishop Francis J. Mugavero at St. James Cathedral in Brooklyn June 27, 1981.

He completed his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, and his Doctor of Sacred Theology from Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.

Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Queens.