|Birth: ||Sep. 18, 1911|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 27, 2002|
Father John Carr, CSP, was born in Oneonta (near Cooperstown), New York, on September 18, 1911, the youngest of two brothers and one sister. After graduating from local schools, he attended Niagara University for three years before entering the Paulist novitiate in 1933. He wrote on his application: "I think God has called me to this life to save my soul and help others. You have so much and so many different kinds of work to do that I think I can find my rightful place among you." Completing the usual philosophical and theological studies at St. Paul's College, he was ordained a Catholic priest on February 2, 1940. The class of fourteen was the second largest in Paulist history, exceeded only by the seventeen ordained in 1956.
Following a brief assignment to the trailer apostolate in Tennessee, Fr. Carr returned to Washington in 1941 to study philosophy at The Catholic University of America. With a master's degree in hand, he taught philosophy and theology at St. Paul's College from 1944 to 1957. In 1946, he had been elected a General Consultor of the community, a position which he was to hold for a record thirty-two years, eclipsing even Fr. Augustine Hewitt, CSP, who served for thirty years.
In 1957, Father Carr was appointed Executive Director of the Paulist Press, which he guided during a period of vast expansion to become the largest Catholic publishing house in the country. From 1964 through 1974, he served also as vice president of the Paulist Fathers. For the rest of his career he was engaged in parochial ministry, first for eight years as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle in Los Angeles until 1982 and then as pastor of Old St. Mary's in San Francisco until 1986. He continued in senior ministry status until entering the nursing home in 2000.
On Father Carr's 40th anniversary of ordination, Paulist President Bill Dewan wrote him on behalf of the community: "We thank you for your unending tolerance, whether with the pranks we played as students, or the daily foibles now. We thank you for the deep knowledge and spirituality you shared with so many of us when we were on the faculty of our seminary in Washington. We thank you for the amazing openness you always show to new ideas, encouraging creativity, and affirming those willing to take risks for the sake of the Gospel. In you, collegiality was evident long before Vatican II. We thank you for the quiet wisdom that comes through prayer and reflection and which has saved our community many a mistake over the years. We thank you for the example of priesthood and leadership you have shown as president of the Paulist Press, as member of the Paulist General Council, as vice-president of our community, and now for the great years of leadership in our great parish in Los Angeles. We thank you for your dedication through sickness and trouble, and for wanting to continue as pastor, even in your senior citizen years. In brief, thank you, John, for the impressive witness you give us all as person, as Christian, as priest, and as Paulist. In each of these important areas of life you quietly teach us much."
Father Carr passed away on March 27, 2002, at Mercy Retirement Facility in Oakland, California, at the age of 90 after having served for 62 years in the Paulist priesthood.
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
San Mateo County
Created by: Paulist Archives
Record added: Aug 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95847890
I remember well how you served the community of Old St. Mary's in San Francisco. I think of you often and pray I serve as well as you did.|
Added: Mar. 16, 2014
Rest In Peace, Father Johnny!|
Added: Nov. 1, 2012