ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST, REV. GILBERT A. CARROLL, DIES
Assistant Director and Chaplain for Catholic Charities
Chicago, IL (March, 2011) – Fr. Gilbert Carroll, assistant director of Catholic Charities and a chaplain there in the 50s and 60s, died on Sunday, March 20, at Resurrection Life Center, where he had been a resident for the past several years. He was 94 years old at the time of his death and was pastor emeritus of St. Timothy Parish on the north side.
Fr. Carroll was born in Chicago to Irish American parents and grew up on the city’s southwest side. He graduated from Blessed Sacrament School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained by Samuel Cardinal Stritch in 1941 and is the last surviving member of that class. Fr. Carroll’s older brother, Msgr. Donald Carroll, who died in 2002, was also a priest in the Archdiocese.
Fr. Carroll held master’s degree in social work and did post graduate studies at Loyola University in Chicago. According to his niece, Margaret Fiola, Fr. Carroll had a great sense of humor that extended even to his later years, when he would laughingly kid with the aides at Resurrection Life Center. “His family loved him and we just loved being around him,” Fiola noted.
Fr. Carroll spent five years following his ordination as assistant pastor of St. Athanasius Parish in Evanston. In 1946, he was named assistant director of Catholic Charities, a position he held until 1966. Fr. Carroll served Catholic Charities throughout the 1950s as chaplain of Sacred Heart Home (May 1950-September 1950) and then as chaplain of St. Vincent’s Infant and Maternity Hospital from (1950-56). Between 1951 and 1956, he was also the Assistant Spiritual Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
For ten years beginning in 1956, Fr. Carroll was the coordinator and then chairman of the Cardinal’s Committee for Spanish-Speaking in Chicago, a ministry to which his niece says Fr. Carroll was devoted.
Fr. Carroll returned to parish ministry in 1966, first as administrator of St. Teresa of Avila Parish on the north side for two months, then as pastor of St. Mark Parish in north Cook county, where he served from 1966 to 1975.
He became pastor and then administrator of St. Timothy Parish on the north side in 1975, serving until his retirement from active ministry in 1983, when he was named pastor emeritus.
Visitation for Fr. Carroll will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at Smith Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 North Cicero Avenue in Chicago. Retired Auxiliary Bishop Thad Jakubowski will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Carroll at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, at St. Timothy Church 6326 North Washtenaw Avenue in Chicago. Father George Klein, a retired priest of the Archdiocese, will be the homilist.
Interment will take place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Fr. Carroll is survived by several nieces and nephews and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.