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CARROLL, John Patrick

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CARROLL, John Patrick. (Dubuque, Iowa, Feb. 22, 1864--Switzerland, Nov. 2, 1925) Carroll was an American Catholic priest who became the second Bishop of Helena, Montana. He was ordained a priest on July 7, 1889 and consecrated the second Bishop of Helena on Dec. 21, 1904. (1) He was a priest for 36.3 years and a bishop for 20.9 years. (2)

The diocesan college, Carroll College, is named for Bishop Carroll. He simultaneously built St. Helena's Cathedral and started Carroll College during the first decade of the 20th Century. (3) Originally, the school was named the Mount St. Charles in honor of St. Charles Borromeo. It served as an all-male liberal arts college, focusing on training young men for careers in medicine, law, engineering, teaching, and priesthood. Now, it is coeducational.


In 1932, the college was renamed Carroll College. During the course of WORLD WAR II, the school helped out in the V-12 Navy College Training Program, part of the 131 other colleges and universities to do this.

Carroll College is home to the Neuman Observatory, the oldest astronomical observatory in Montana. (4) ---


1. "John Patrick Carroll," WOW.com Online: http://us.wow.com/wiki/John_Patrick_Carroll

2. "Bishop John Patrick Carroll," Ministry School Online. Online: http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bcarrjp.html

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4. "John Patrick Carroll-Carroll College," Ghostly World.com. Online: https://ghostlyworld.wordpress.com/tag/john-patrick-carroll/