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Clergy processes in to the Pontifical Requiem Mass for Archbishop Francis Carroll (Catholic Voice)

Archbishop Francis Carroll was remembered as a man with enormous capacity for the encounter of friendship at the Pontifical Requiem Mass held at St Christopher’s Cathedral yesterday. Source: Catholic Voice.

Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse said in this Archdiocesan Year of the Holy Spirit and its themes we could rightly say Father Frank, as he was better known, was a Godly man of encounter, discipleship, and mission.

“This was his charism arising from his Baptism,” he said in the homily.

“Archbishop Francis Carroll related to all of us in his long life in this face-to-face manner of the Gospel. He called us by name. He looked us in the eyes. His humility, surely one of the greatest characteristics of true leadership, warmed us to his gentle smile. He encouraged us.”

Bishops from around the country, including Hobart, Brisbane, Bathurst and Sydney, gathered in Canberra to farewell the beloved figure.

At a Vigil Liturgy at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka on Wednesday and also at a Mass at St Brendan’s Church in Ganmain on Tuesday, Father Frank’s family shared a eulogy read on their behalf by Kevin Croker, in which he remembered Archbishop Carroll as “a man and much-loved member of our family”.

At a Solemn Pontifical Mass attended by hundreds at St Michael’s Cathedral in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday, Reverend Kevin O’Reilly remembered Archbishop Carroll as a good man.

“He was a true farm boy, milking the cows, rounding up the horses, and he was a pretty good handyman; in fact, he was very proud and would tell anyone who would listen that he built the outside dunny,” he said in the eulogy.

“He was competitive, a good man, and he had a great sense of humour. He loved all things sport, and he loved Ganmain.”

In Canberra yesterday, interment in the crypt of St Christopher’s Cathedral occurred after the Mass.


Much loved, humble Pastor farewelled (By Veronika Cox, Catholic Voice)

Homily of Archbishop Christopher Prowse at Requiem Mass for Archbishop Francis Carroll (Catholic Voice)