A Priest for Forty Hours


This incredible story came to me first via family.

St. Joseph Parish in Maumee, Ohio posted this note to their Facebook page on Wednesday (it has already been viewed and shared thousands of times since then):

As many of you know, our seminarian Deacon Scott Carroll has been battling cancer for some time. Although Scott looked forward to joining his classmates for ordination on June 22, 2013, it became clear this week that an earlier ordination might be prudent.

On Wednesday morning, Bishop Blair ordained Fr. Scott to the Order of Presbyter. The ordination took place at his parent’s home with immediate family present. It was a beautiful occasion and Scott is very much at peace.


Today, a seminarian friend of Fr. Scott’s posted the news on his blog that Fr. Scott passed away today — a mere two days after his ordination:

Fr. Scott passed away about 40 hours after his ordination.

Right before his death, he had just finished offering the Mass.

When it was over, he fell asleep and died shortly thereafter.

Fr. Claude Dusty-Burns (better known to many as @FrPontifex) posted this brief reflection on Facebook:

Fr. Scott was ordained two days ago and died today. He is a priest forever.


Rest in peace, Father.

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Thomas Peters, 33, grew up in Southern California and attended college in Michigan. He has two graduate degrees in theology. He began his award-winning American Papist blog in 2006, which went on to become one of the most popular Catholic blogs in America. He was one of a handful of Americans invited to the Vatican’s first-ever Bloggers’ Meeting in Rome. Peters has appeared in dozens of TV, radio and online media outlets over the years discussing the intersection of Catholicism and political activism, debating topics related to life, family and religious freedom, in addition to writing and speaking about the future of social media and online organizing. From 2010-2016 he served as an advisor to CatholicVote.org. He and his wife Natalie live in Washington DC. You can follow him on Twitter @AmericanPapist.

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