Rev. Michael J. Carroll
1943 - 2011
Griffin Family Funeral Chapels
101 East Wilbur Road
Thousand Oaks, CA

Passed away on May 26, 2011, at the age of 67.

Fr. Carroll was born in Mill Street, County Cork, Ireland, on July 6, 1943, to Timothy and Julia Carroll. He attended All Hallows College Seminary in Dublin and was ordained on June 18, 1967, for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. His first parish assignment began at St. Anselm Catholic Church in Los Angeles where he served as Associate Pastor. As his priestly journey continued, he served in many parishes and schools throughout the archdiocese including St. Michael High School (Educator), St. Brendan, St. John the Baptist de la Salle, and St. Luke the Evangelist (Associate Pastor). He also served as Chaplain at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach from 1982 to 1993 ministering to the sick and dying.

In 2000, he became Pastor at St. Lorenzo Ruiz in Walnut. From there he served at St. Mary Magdalen, Blessed Junipero Serra, and most recently, St. Maximilian Kolbe as Administrator Pro Tem, and St. Julie Billiart as Senior Priest. Through his ministry, Fr. Carroll touched many people's lives. He was a beloved priest, mentor, brother, and friend. His passion for the Lord knew no bounds.

He was exuberant in love for the Church and for the people he served. He was committed to spreading the Gospel in thought, word, and deed. He connected to people on all levels and believed we are all holy people in the eyes of God. He had a terrific sense of humor and shared several Irish stories during his homilies.

Fr. Michael Carroll will be truly missed in our community of faith, but he will never be forgotten. We will carry his spirit, joy and the love of Jesus Christ with us always. It could be said that he was "one of a kind," but hopefully he is not "one of a kind" because the world needs more Father Carrolls. We need good people that work everyday to make the world a better place. We need people that can give us a sense of what heaven will be and Father Carroll did that. Our lives may be a bit dim without him but if you look at the night sky I think you'll see it's a bit brighter with the addition of his star.

Fr. Carroll is survived by his brother, Bishop Timothy Joseph Carroll SMA; his sisters, Margaret O'Doherty and Mary Fennessy; and many nieces and nephews who reside in Ireland.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320-3258, (805)498-3602. Internment will take place at a later date in Ireland. Condolences may be sent to: Most Reverend Timothy Joseph Carroll, SMA and the Carroll Family, c/o St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320-3258. Arrangements made with the assistance of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Thousand Oaks.

Published by Ventura County Star from May 29 to Jun. 4, 2011.
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Father Carroll had a way of making you feel as though he was talking to you directly when he said mass. He always said we were not there by accident, that we were meant to be there at that moment in time. He always said that we were all holy. Condolences to Father Carroll's family and to all those whose lives he touched in some way. love, Peggy Buchanan, Camarillo, CA
peggy buchanan
June 11, 2011
Thank you Father Michael for the support and guidence you gave to my dear
wife Susie. You were a great comfort to
Dennny Thompson
June 9, 2011
Father Michael, thank you. When my father suddenly passed 4 years ago, you comforted our family and especially my mother and held a mass for him. You are a blessing and our best wishes go to your family.
peter rogers
peter rogers
June 6, 2011
I metFather Michael while teaching at St. Michael's from 1974 to 1977. He welcomed me to the school and was a good friend. He was devoted to the students and an inspiration. l also had some good times with him and Bob Soranno having pizza and beer after some school functions in the evening. I am very sorry to hear of his passing and I send my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Bill Siebert
June 5, 2011
Father Michael, You were alway there for me not only as my priest but my friend.
I will miss you,but take comfort knowing
you will be watching over us. give Susie a hug for us. Rest in Peace dear one.
My prayers and love to the Carroll Family.
fran bond
June 4, 2011
I met Fr. Carroll while attending St. Michael's High School (1970-1974). His wonderful personality always brought a smile to my face every time I thought of him. We all loved him and have great memories of how he touched our lives in such a positive way. My thoughts and prayers are with Fr. Carroll's family.
Lisl (Williams) Allen
June 4, 2011
When I think of good priests I always think of Father Mike. I will always remember him because he refered me to my first job! At St. Michael's High, as he walked the halls in the 70's, he always had nice words to say to you as he was a very personable priest. The Starlets loved him and he loved us. My condolences go out to his family and all the lives that he touched. He will be missed.
Jeane Polk Tucker
June 4, 2011
Fr. Michael was instrumental in my life in a way that made my character stronger and the love for God greater.....he made a decision that made me see that for the love of God we must be persistant and no matter what God should be the center of our lives bo matter what humans say....Fr. Michael thank you for yyour faith and homilies, you were instrumental in me understanding the Holy Trinity; like water that takes different forms, water itself the essence, God...when water is frozen it changes to a physical form, ice: Jesus and when water is boiled, the steam, still water, the Holy Spirit.....and Fr. Willie and I are still married, you would find our story interesting and full of testimony, thanks for teaching and guiding Willie....thank you for your service to the LORD at St Michael's....
Esperanza Navarro-Aragon
June 4, 2011
Father Mike and I used to "hang" together back when I was teaching at St. Michael's High School. In 1976, when I was first married, he was one of the presiding priests. He was always a delight, great sense of humor, very upbeat, killer stories. Father - may you be in Heaven half-an-hour before the devil knows you're gone!
Bob Soranno
June 3, 2011
Father Carroll was truly a priest for the people. God blessed us when he let us have this wonderful servant of His word, even though his time with us was short. He'll remain forever in our prayers. Our condolences to his family and close friends, who loss we share.
Mary Jane Jackson, Kristie Jackson-Brown and Matt Brown, St. Julie Billart.
June 3, 2011
Our prayers and condolences to Father Carroll's family. He will remain always in our prayers. Jack and Jan Johnston and family, St. Julie Billiart's Church.
June 3, 2011
Fr. Carroll was a beautiful, caring, holy man. He touched everyone that met him in a unique way and he will never be forgotten. Thank you God for sharing him in our lives. We look forward to experiencing great things now that he is able to truly intercede!
June 3, 2011
My husband and I, parishoners at St. Mary Magdeline will deeply miss Father Carroll. He always made us feel good about ourselves and deserving of God's love. Now Father Carroll may God Bless and Keep you Always---

Tony and Gloria Lopez - Camarillo, CA
June 3, 2011
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Fr. Michael. I got to know him while he was at St. Lorenzo Ruiz parish in Walnut. In all the time that I knew him, I can't remember a moment when I didn't laugh or smile while in his presence. He had such a great sense of humor and a very warm, caring heart. Fr. Michael was undoubtedly one of the best people I’ve ever known. In many ways, he was not only a friend but also like family to me. I’ll always be thankful that God blessed me with his presence and friendship. His spirituality and kindness will never be forgotten – like an imprint on the heart. I love you, Fr. Michael, and I miss you very much, more than words can say. For many of us, you were always an angel on earth, and I know you’re going to be a great one watching over us from heaven. RIP, and God bless you always.
June 3, 2011
I remember Father Carrol when I was a parishioner at St. Michael's. This has touched me deeply, I recall all the dear people at St. Michael's with great fondness. We also recently lost our dear Father Santiago Soya here at San Ramon Nonato in Juana Diaz, (Puerto Rico).
R.I.P. Faher Carroll and Fater Santiago
Now I have two saintly men intercesding for me in heaven.

Jesus Eternal High Priest, Send Many and Holy Religious Vocations To Your Church. Amen!
Elena Marie Rodriguez
June 3, 2011
My Memories of Fr. Carrol was at St. Anselm Catholic School in Los Angeles early 70's he was a Fun Priest to us Kids
Chris Cuaron
June 3, 2011
I first met Father Carro;; in the 70's. I was an altarboy at St. Anselm's Elem...WOW that was a long time ago !
Danny Roman
June 3, 2011
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Agnes Chouinard
June 2, 2011
Father Carroll taught me while at St. Michael's High School. He had a great sense of humor. He loved and cared for all his students. RIP Father Carroll, God bless you.
Leona Baltazar-Franklin (1975-1979)
Arlington, TX
Leona Franklin
June 1, 2011
Father Michael was
May 31, 2011
Best homily(s) ever. Always reminds us that we are Holy, Holy, Holy. He will be missed.
Jil Lehr
May 30, 2011
Father Carroll was Chaplain and one of my counselors at St. Michael's Girls High School in Los Angeles, CA '74-'78. He was so instrumental in bringing me through many of the challenges I faced growing up and some of the dysfunction in my home. I am forever grateful for the way he has touched my life. I love you Father Carroll and may God Bless and Keep you in His arms. (Alretta Gaskins).
Tracey Torrence
May 29, 2011
I met Father Carroll in 1974 when I first began teaching. He was one of the first people to make me feel at home at St. Michael's High School. He was very funny and was the life of the party after our work. The girls loved him and most of the teachers loved him too. I was very sorry when he was reassigned and had to leave St. Michael's. He was a good friend.
Mrs. Jacquelyn (Mills) Butler
Jacquelyn Butler
May 28, 2011
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