Note: Father Howard Carroll died Wednesday morning, October 10, 2001, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD. Howard William Carroll was born October 18th, 1925 in Sioux Falls to C. Martin and Martha Feyder Carroll. He attended Cathedral Grade and High Schools and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1943. He was proud of growing up on the northend and shared his experiences through stories that entertained and inspired people. Upon graduation, Howard began his service in the U.S. Navy. He returned home in 1946 and entered St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota where he earned both a bachelor's degree in philosophy and his Theology degree. Ordained a priest on January 31, 1954 at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD Father Carroll's first assignment was at Sacred Heart Church in Aberdeen, SD. In 1971 he was named Pastor of St. Mary's parish in Dell Rapids, SD and in 1976 he became pastor of St. Mary's in Aberdeen, SD and later Pastor of St. Nicholas in Tea, SD. Since retiring, he has helped countless parishes on weekends. Compassion and concern for the people he served were essential elements of his pastoral work, resulting in faithful communities and lasting relationships. His inspirational homilies connected the Word of God to life today. Catholic education was a primary focus for Fr. Howard throughout his life. After earning his Masters Degree in School Administration from St. Thomas College in St. Paul, he was superintendent & principal of O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls, SD for its first ten years. In 1986, he was appointed Superintendent of Catholic Schools of South Dakota and Coordinator of the Office of Education, retiring in 1996. He gave generously of his time and financial resources to support Catholic Education. Over the years he also served as Vicar for Ecumenism, as coordinator of Priest Continuing Education, as a member of the Priest Senate and Priest Retirement Committee. His work in ecumenism led to his election as President of the Association of Christian Churches of South Dakota. Living the Gospel message led him to active involvement in a variety of social justice concerns. He was instrumental in the building of the Berakhah house in Sioux Falls which was started to care for people with AIDS, serving as Director there from 1993 until 2001. In addition he helped form the Eastern Dakota AIDS network and implemented K-12 AIDS curriculum in South Dakota Catholic schools. His legislative efforts addressed human life, social justice and education issues. He is survived by his sister, Maxine Dhaemers, and her husband, Larry, of Sioux Falls; his brother Fr. Roger of St. Paul, MN; his sister Veronica Kappenman, and her husband, Bob, of Madison, SD; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Family was important to Fr. Howard. He participated in their birthday parties, weddings, baptisms and other special and everyday moments in their lives. He was a constant resource for family and friends. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12, at St. Joseph Cathedral; the Vigil Service will be at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13th, at St. Joseph's Cathedral. Interment follows at St. Michael's Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the (C.M.) Mart and Martha Carroll Family Endowment Fund for Catholic Education or to the Berakhah House.
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