Msgr. James A. Carr
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AGE: 86 •
Msgr. James A. Carr died Friday, June 28, 2013. He was 86. Msgr. Carr was born in Philadelphia, September 10, 1926. He grew up in North Camden where he attended Holy Name School and then went on to Camden Catholic High School where he distinguished himself in basketball and baseball. Following service as a military police officer in the United States Army, he undertook pre-law studies at Georgetown University, Washington, for two years before beginning his studies for the priesthood. His undergraduate work was completed with honors at Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, NY, where he remained for his theological formation. He also possesses a master of divinity degree from Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, NJ. Msgr. Carr was ordained March 26, 1955, and became associate pastor first at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Camden, and then at Holy Saviour, Westmont. While at Holy Saviour, he taught religion at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School for two years. In June, 1960, Msgr. Carr was appointed assistant chancellor and six months later became administrative secretary of the diocese, a post he held until 1966. During this period the diocesan revolving fund was established and the educational development campaign enabling the construction of three high schools was completed. On April 13, 1962, he was named as papal chamberlain with the title Reverend Monsignor and on June 19, 1964, became a domestic prelate. On August 4, 1965, Msgr. Carr was appointed as founding pastor of Mary, Mother of the Church parish, Bellmawr, where he served for 18 years. He became pastor of St. Augustine in 1983. A past director of the House of Charity, Msgr. Carr has served as dean of Camden County South and has also served on the diocesan liturgical commission, the diocesan board of education, the diocesan pastoral council, the priests' personnel board and the commission for total family ministry. He then served as a member of the presbyteral council. He retired in 1996 and resided at the Sacred Heart Residence for retired priests in Cherry Hill, NJ. He is survived by 7 nieces and nephews, 18 grandnieces and nephews, 23 great-grandnieces and nephews and by many friends and extended family.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Friday morning 9:30 to 11:45am in Christ Our Light RC Church, 402 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Mass of Christian Burial Friday 12 noon. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the
, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. Please visit www.schetterfh.com to share your condolences with the family.
Published in Courier-Post on July 2, 2013