Father Eamon Carroll, O. Carm.
died: November 14, 2008
Distinguished theologian, Father Eamon Carroll, O.Carm., has passed to his eternal reward.
Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm., S.T.D., professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Catholic University of America from 1957 until 1980, President of the Catholic Theological Society of America (1965) and President of the Mariological Society of America (1957), passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2008 at the age of 87 at Carmel at Mission Valley, Nokomis, Florida where he was a community member for the past six years.
Father Eamon was born Richard Joseph Carroll in Chicago Illinois. His parents had immigrated to the United States from Ireland. He received the Carmelite habit in 1939 and was given the religious name, Eamon. He made first profession of vows in 1940, Solemn Profession in 1943, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 1946 in St. Clara's Church, Chicago. After graduate studies in languages at Loyola University and the University of Chicago, he was sent on to Rome where he received the S.T.L. and S.T.D. Degrees from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He also studied at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Returning to the United States, he began teaching at the Catholic University of America. He taught at the Catholic University for 23 years until he took a position at Loyola University in Chicago to be nearer to an invalid brother for whom he cared after his parents' death. Loyola named him professor emeritus in 1993. He also served on the staff of the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton and regularly taught there in the summer studies program.
In addition to serving as a theological consultant to the American Bishops' in writing their 1973 pastoral letter, Behold Your Mother, Father Eamon authored Understanding the Mother of Jesus (Michael Glazier, 1979). He was a contributor to the New Catholic Encyclopedia and contributed articles to numerous journals and festschrifts. He was a charter member of the English Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a founding member of that Society's American branch. As a Mariologist, Father Eamon also was an advisor to the American Bishops regarding the iconography incorporated into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washginton, D.C. For all his efforts he was included in various editions of American Catholic Who's Who.
The Vy. Rev. John Welch, O.Carm., prior provincial of the Carmelite Friars of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary presided at a funeral mass for Father Eamon in the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Venice, Florida on Wednesday, November 19, 2008. Father Eamon was buried in the Carmelite plot at Venice Memorial Gardens after the mass.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 10:00 am in the chapel at Whitefriars Hall, 1600 Webster St. N.E., Washington DC. Father Eamon was a member of the Whitefriars Community during his years in Washington D.C. while teaching at the Catholic University of America. Friends and colleagues are most welcome to attend.
Father Eamon has no immediate survivors.