Msgr. Daniel B. Carroll


(April 3, 2002)

Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Daniel B. Carroll was celebrated Monday at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell where he was parish priest for 27 years.

Msgr. Carroll died Wednesday, April 3 at the Powell Nursing Home, having lived 93 years faithful to God and nearly 65 years of faithful ministry as a priest.

He was born Oct. 17, 1909, in Providence, R.I. He was the youngest of five children, and the only son, born to Daniel and Elizabeth Carroll. He attended St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Md., and was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1937, in Trenton, N.J.

While listening to Bishop McGovern speak at St. Mary's Seminary about his Wyoming Diocese, Msgr. Carroll became extremely interested in Wyoming. In a conference with Bishop McGovern, arrangements were made, and Msgr. Carroll came to St. Joseph's Orphanage in Torrington on June 1, 1937.

He assisted for two years, 1938 to 1940, in Holy Name Parish in Sheridan. Msgr. Carroll's first pastorate was St. Thomas Parish in Monarch, Wyo. He was transferred to Pine Bluffs in 1942, remaining there until 1948 when he assumed the pastorate of St. Barbara's Parish in Powell, which included the mission church, Our Lady of the Valley, near Clark.

Msgr. Carroll served St. Barbara's Parish until June of 1975 when he became pastor at St. Francis in Thermopolis. He retired on Aug. 21, 1979.

At that time, he moved to Greybull where he lived with his two sisters, Mae and Helen. After their deaths, he moved into a house in Greybull until Msgr. Meyer died in 1991. At that time, Msgr. Carroll moved to Powell and lived in the Powell Nursing Home.

During Msgr. Carroll's time as pastor of St. Barbara's in Powell, he was instrumental in constructing the following facilities: the rectory, the parish center and a new church, and also a church was constructed at Our Lady of the Valley in Clark. He also purchased a convent which was used by the Sisters of Victory Noll.

On March 15, 1974, Rev. Msgr. Daniel B. Carroll received investiture as Prelate of Honor to His Holiness Pope Paul VI by His Excellency Most Rev. Hubert M. Newell, DD, Bishop of Cheyenne.

He is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Tetrault, and the following nieces and nephews: Carol Ann Malloy, John Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy, Fr. Raymond Tetrault, Conrad Tetrault, Joseph Tetrault and Leon Tetrault. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Mary (Mae) Carroll, Helen Carroll and Kathleen Kennedy, and a niece, Irene Meenagh.

Burial was in Hillside Cemetery in Greybull.

Memorials may be made to St. Barbara's Foundation, P.O. Box 818, Powell, WY 82435.