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.


Categories:Prayer Theology Vocations

  • Jane

    Pray for us in heaven, Father Scott – your work is just beginning! Remember us all to Jesus, whose smiling face you now see.

  • http://haveanourishinglife.blogspot.com/ Mary (Travis) Borchers

    Beautiful! I am amazing at this man’s faith. He is now celebrating in Heaven with the Father. It’s mind blowing how awesome God is!

  • gerry g

    May the lord bless and keep him

  • http://allaboutgod.com MeLissa

    While it seems queer to me that god choose to take scott’s life after he just got to started his jounry, I know I cannot question him – he works in mysterious ways! Amiright?

  • Rev. Sandra Dennis-Greenberg

    Having read much about Father Scott today, my heart is touched by the simple beauty of a calling accepted and a life well lived. May his life and his response to our Lord Jesus continue to be an uplifting and touching story and may that story touch the lives of others. Father learned well what so few understand…that when you are called and have accepted that wonderful gift, you have everything and living a long life without it would be so much less a blessing. God bless you Father Scott. Rest now in the arms of Jesus.

  • Vlad Tertullius

    Sunshine Fills the Courtyard
    The sunshine fills the courtyards
    And the breath and length of fields,
    As its warmth and rays begin to flood
    Through cracks and casement doors
    And to creep softly across
    These dim and ancient floors.
    But he is driven away
    From its joyful, vital yield,
    To the cool of sleep which awaits
    In hidden chamber dark and chilled.
    But sleep will not bring rest
    And a lasting pain does ache
    To know that he does not reside
    Within life’s warm embrace.
    What crime did he commit
    To lose its loving gaze
    Its warmth,
    Its light,
    And grace,
    And all its subtle ways?
    The sky is bright and blue above,
    But ‘round him shades of gray,
    As spreading dawn and ancient dust
    Restrain him in his grave,
    Where he is doomed to languish,
    To writhe and waste away,
    Wishing that he knew
    A holy prayer to pray.
    He shrieks for mercy to be sent
    Some gesture meant to save,
    Amid this lonely corridor,
    Amid that narrow passage way
    Oh, just this once God and Lord,
    Speak and make it so,
    Whichever mercy that you feel
    It would be best show.
    Oh, send a sign to him
    Some hope to end this strife,
    That he may be complete
    And once more be filled
    With warmth, and light,
    And sacred, flowing life,
    To end his wandering, Lord,
    Through cold, eternal night.



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