|Birth: ||May 19, 1899|
Newport News City
|Death: ||Jun. 11, 1960|
Born in Newport News, Virginia on May 19, 1899, Joseph Carvil attended local schools and entered Mt. St. Mary's College in Emmittsburg, Maryland, in 1920. Intending to study for the Richmond Diocese, he instead entered the Paulist novitiate in the fall of 1922. After completing his BA and MA at The Catholic University of America, he was ordained on June 2, 1928 with classmates James Colleary, John McClellan, Donald Barry, John Overend, John McGinn, John McGuire, James R. "Goldie" Moir, and John Carvlin. After the death of Fr. McClellan in 1930 this group became known in the Society as "The Eight Blocks of Granite."
Fr. Carvil spent the bulk of his priestly life in parish ministry on the East Coast. After a short missionary stint in Winchester, Tennessee, he moved to Toronto, San Francisco and then to St. Paul the Apostle parish in New York City. During World War II he served on the parish staffs in Lubbock and Chicago before returning to St. Paul the Apostle in New York for parish work. There he helped administer the St. Vincent de Paul Society and build the neighboring Convent of the Holy Cross Sisters.
Always more comfortable working out of the Motherhouse in New York, he resisted reassignment until sent to St. Ann's in Boston in 1954. After moving to Toronto in September, 1959, he suffered a heart attack and died in June of 1960. At the time of his death he was 61 years old and just celebrated his 32nd anniversary of ordination.
A long-time parish worker and early missionary, Father Carvil wrote of his first experiences as a Paulist priest in the August 1930 issue of the "Missionary." Recalling his trips across the South in the late 1920s, he wrote, "I have been traveling from city to city addressing congregations that have included hundreds of non-Catholics. Hundreds have expressed their gratitude for the instruction received and for the opportunity afforded them to correct their opnion of the Church so much abused. No one can estimate the good that has been accomplished. Ordinarily the missionary meets each one attending the mission personally. It is this personal interest on the part of the Catholic priest that has the greatest effect on non-Catholics. They delight in seeing a "close-up" of a Catholic priest and shaking hands with him. They look to see if he has the reputed "horns" of a diabolical agent and when, on the contrary, they find him quite natural and on the whole a likable, refined, educated man they are amazed that they could possibly have believed all the terrible things they heard."
Saint Paul the Apostle Church
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Church Basement: Not Open to the Public
Maintained by: Paulist Archives
Originally Created by: Esperer
Record added: Nov 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44547708
Rest In Peace, Father Joseph!|
Added: Jul. 4, 2011