Reverend Michael Carroll, C.M.
Father Michael J. Carroll, C.M. is finishing his nine year term as the Provincial Superior of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians). During these nine years he oversaw the successful transition of Presidents at Niagara and St. John’s University.
Under his direction tremendous effort has been given to recruiting candidates and he has established a strong Formation Program. He opened a new residence and program for Vincentian Seminarians on the Theology level.
He initiated a Leadership Training Program for confreres under 50 and an ongoing Formation Program for confreres over 50.
As President of the National Conference of Visitors in the United States, he helped to preserve and continue common formation on the Internal Seminary Level in the United States.
He led the Eastern Province in establishing the 100 year old Panama Mission as a Region of the Congregation of the Mission with their own Regional Superior and Council. In Panama, he also supported the effort of the Region in establishing a new House of Formation for the candidates in philosophy and theology.
Also during his term with the Bishop of the Diocese of David, he encouraged the establishment of the parish of St. Vincent de Paul for the indigenous people of Panama.
Father Carroll attended two General Assemblies of the Congregation of the Mission with representatives of Vincentian priests and brothers throughout the world, both times participating in the election of the Superior General.
During his term the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal developed a new administrative model and the Miraculous Medal Shrine was renovated.
Also during his term the care of the elderly priests of the Congregation was enhanced with changes to the model of care which was evidenced in programming as well as environment.
The Protection of Children was a priority and during these nine years the Province received official certification for the quality of their efforts.
The Mary Immaculate Seminary Fund for Vincentian Seminaries in developing Provinces experienced great growth that enables it to support more Seminary programs.
The International Confreres Academic Programs grew at both St. John’s and Niagara with many Vincentians throughout the world receiving advanced degrees at these two schools.
Father Chaired Catholic and Vincentian Mission Committees of the Board at both Niagara and St. John’s University. He was instrumental in developing new methods of communication and cooperation among Vincentian Institutions of higher learning especially Niagara, St. John’s and DePaul as well as finalizing the framework for ongoing Vincentian involvement.
He also served as Vice Chair of the Board of Niagara and St. John’s University.
During these nine years the Province further committed personnel and fiscal resources to enhance and grow service to the poor in the Province, and in the international Congregation.
He was instrumental in the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of The Vincentians coming to the United States. Over 185 confreres, members of parishes, apostolic workers, staff from St. John’s University and Niagara attended a special Mass and luncheon.
Through his guidance and leadership, histories of Panama and the Alabama Missions were written by our confreres. He oversaw the development of a new focus and mission of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Princeton and the commitment to maintain and continue the Vincentian Cemetery there.
During Father Carroll’s tenure he also accompanied and supported our confreres in the very difficult process of reconfiguration in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Emmitsburg and the Alabama Missions.
Father Carroll was instrumental in assuring the participation of young adults/students participation in the world-wide Vincentian Gatherings and World Youth Days in Madrid, Spain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Krakow, Poland.
Father Carroll continued, and increased, the funding available through the St. Vincent Fund to confreres for outreach programs or projects especially to those on the periphery in our parishes and institutions and the formation of Christian leaders.
Recognizing the value of communications in an increasingly connected world, Father Carroll initiated a strategic communications planning process that resulted in the formation of an Office of Communications to support the sharing of the story of the works, ministries and people of the Province.