Father Joe Carroll Dies at 80; Legendary Priest Helped San Diego Homeless

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Father Joe Carroll, the legendary San Diego clergyman who built a nationally known nonprofit enactment to assistance the homeless, has died astatine the property of 80 aft a conflict with diabetes, Father Joe’s Villages confirmed successful a release.

Carroll died astatine a hospice attraction location successful the East Village, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune, who was the archetypal to study connected Sunday.

“Though I americium personally saddened astatine Father Joe Carroll’s passing, I fondly retrieve the stories and laughs that we shared, and his bequest volition unrecorded connected successful each that we do,” said Deacon Jim Vargas, President and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages. “Father Joe selflessly and tirelessly served our assemblage for implicit 3 decades. We observe his beingness of service.”


Carroll served arsenic president and CEO of the St. Vincent de Paul Village from 1982 until his status successful 2011. It was renamed Father Joe's Villages successful 2015. His namesake enactment has assisted thousands of stateless residents successful uncovering shelter, aesculapian assistance, kid care, lodging and different resources since helium took implicit astir 40 years ago.

In 2019, San Diego State University awarded Carroll an honorary grade of Doctor of Humane Letters successful designation of his lifelong dedication to the underserved communities of San Diego.

Carroll was calved successful New York but moved to Southern California successful his aboriginal 20s. He enrolled astatine St. John's Seminary successful Camarillo, successful Ventura County, wherever helium was expelled for focusing excessively overmuch connected worldly summation portion moving the seminary's bookstore.

Carroll migrated to San Diego, wherever helium finished his studies astatine the University of San Diego and was ordained successful 1974. He worked astatine St. Rita Catholic Church successful Valencia Park, past was enactment successful complaint of the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store downtown, wherever helium would find his existent calling and physique his legacy.

He turned a parking batch adjacent the store into a stateless halfway and worked to get different spot astir San Diego to make a "one-stop-shop'' wherever services for the stateless could beryllium consolidated. In consequent years helium built a almighty fund-raising effort, and by the clip of his retirement, the enactment employed adjacent to 500 radical and boasted a fund of $40 million, according to the Union-Tribune.

A backstage ceremonial wide volition beryllium held with his adjacent friends and family.

San Diegan's Remember Father Joe

After the Union-Tribune reported Carroll's death, notable San Diegans took to Twitter to stock their condolences.

Even though I did not cognize him arsenic agelong arsenic others, I volition miss his bosom and his humor. Maria and I emotion you Father Joe. We genuinely mislaid a giant. RIP cc (2/2)

— Chris Cate (@chrisjcate) July 11, 2021

San Diego’s historical Father Joe Carroll has passed distant astatine property 80. My prayers spell retired to his family. He contributed each ounce of his passionateness to helping the unsheltered of our metropolis and provided structure to those who fell connected hard times. He volition beryllium missed.

— Shane Harris (@shaneharrisnow) July 11, 2021

To accidental Father Joe is an icon would beryllium a gross understatement. He had an inestimable interaction successful San Diego County, wherever his compassion and hustle combined to marque him a potent unit successful the combat for the little fortunate among us. Requiescat successful pace, Father. https://t.co/47vRfvi41p

— Smyth (@JudgeSmyth) July 11, 2021

On behalf of the squad astatine PATH San Diego, we stock our condolences connected the passing of Father Joe Carroll, who dedicated his beingness to helping unhoused San Diegans. His bequest lives connected successful the enactment @FatherJoes does each time to supply enactment to radical experiencing homelessness. https://t.co/acWIkEhIKn

— PATH (@pathpartners) July 11, 2021

San Diego, & each of humanity, mislaid a surviving saint today. Rest In Peace, que descanse en paz, Father Joe Carroll. The compassion, caring, & emotion helium showed for radical who are stateless was unparalleled. Really I knew him arsenic an @eastvillagesd neighbor. I commune for him & @FatherJoes .

— Alex Montoya (@AlexMontoya619) July 11, 2021
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