Fr. Roger Francis Carroll, 92, died Jan. 30, 2020. He was born June 1, 1927 in Sioux Falls, S.D. He attended Cathedral Grade and High School. A veteran of WWII, he was in the Army Infantry training when the war ended.
After graduating from the University of St. Thomas, Carroll worked in the insurance business for six years before entering the St. Paul Seminary. Ordained in 1963, Father Carroll served at the Cathedral of St. Paul; and was pastor of Blessed Sacrament, St. Columba and St. Andrew in St. Paul; and St. Michael in Prior Lake. He was president of the Presbytery and chairman of the Urban Affairs Committee. He also served as Chaplain to the Minnesota State Senate and House of Representatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, C. Martin and Martha (Feyder) Carroll; and siblings, Maxine (Lawrence) Dhaemers; Charles Carroll; Rev. Howard Carroll; and Veronica (Robert) Kappenman.
Carroll was an ongoing volunteer at Dorothy Day Center. Family and sports were important to him. He traveled to South Dakota for all important holidays and life events—baptisms, weddings, funerals and more. He played football and hockey in high school, racquet ball and golf as an adult.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 10 at Maternity of Mary Catholic Church in St. Paul, with interment at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Sioux Falls. Memorials preferred to Catholic Charities.