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Marvin Mich, social-justice leader

Mike Latona/Catholic Courier    |    11.26.2018
Category: Obituaries


Marvin L. Krier Mich, a renowned proponent of social justice in both Catholic and civic circles, died Nov. 21, 2018, at Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital from pancreatic cancer. He was 70 years old.

A native of Wisconsin, Mr. Mich had served since 1999 as director of advocacy and parish social ministry at Rochester’s Catholic Family Center. He also was academic dean and associate professor of Christian ethics from 1982-99 at St. Bernard’s Institute (now St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry) in Rochester.

“He was wonderfully wise and so knowledgeable about Catholic social teaching, but he had not even a sliver of arrogance,” said Ruth Putnam Marchetti, social ministry coordinator at Catholic Family Center. “When he saw a need, whether an individual in need of shelter or an organizer trying to make housing more just, he jumped in and did his best to take care of it.”

Mr. Mich was a longtime member of the Diocesan Public Policy Committee, advising the bishop on public-policy matters, meeting with legislators and encouraging parish participation in advocating for social justice. He led and served on several Rochester-area activist organizations, and wrote and coauthored numerous books and articles on Catholic social teaching and interfaith dialogue.

He is survived by his wife, Kristine; daughter, Rachel (Scott) Abbett; son, Nathaniel; grandchildren, Daniella and Liam; and several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and friends.

Calling hours for Mr. Mich will take place Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Anthony Funeral Chapel, 2305 Monroe Ave., Rochester. His funeral Mass is set for Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 15 St. Mary’s Place, Rochester, where Mr. Mich was a parishioner. Father Joseph Hart will serve as celebrant for the Mass, and interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

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