Father Alban Carroll, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1902-1968)

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Born Paul Joseph Carroll on August 5, 1902 in Jessup, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Hugh and Catherine Gill Carroll. When his father died he stopped school in order to support his family. From 1918 until 1921 he was a machinist’s helper in the repair shops of the Lackawanna Railroad and attended night school. He entered the Passionists in 1921 and professed his vows on August 15, 1924. His religious name was Alban. He was ordained on February 8, 1931. After some special training he was sent to the China missions in 1933. Within a year he was seriously ill and was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He was sent back to San Francisco, California where he required four years of treatment. A lung had to be removed. The surgery was performed in Los Angeles. Recovery continued for another year. He then came to be a preacher of parish missions and retreats. He took an active part in the Catholic Union for the Sick in America (CUSA). He corresponded with invalids throughout the world. In early 1968 he suffered a slight stroke while conducting a retreat to Sisters in Binghamton, New York. After a short hospital stay he seemed better. He died suddenly in Canada after a cerebral hemorrhage. Two of his brothers were Father Hugh Carroll, C.P. and Father Ronan Carroll, C.P.