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April 6, 1962 The Family's Role In A Vocation BY FRANCES FARRELL VITULLI "The first and most natural place that the flowers of the Sanctuary should best grow and bloom is always the true Chris- tian family . . ."--Pope Plus XI. O the Charles M. Carroll family the vocation of their oldes* son, Michael, is the greatest thing on earth. "After all, it's really a matter of eter- nity, isn't it?" Mr. Carroll asked. "'If God gave our son a vocation to the priesthood, it was only fair that we do our part to help him toward ordination." This was the parental feeling that guided City Councilman and Mrs. Carroll during the 12 years their son, now Father Michael Carroll of Christ the King Parish, was at St. Edward and St. Thomas Seminaries. the Carrolls who have resided in St. Mary Parish all their married life, have two other children, Patricia who was married in Decem- ber to Kenneth Berchtold and Terry who is a senior at O'Dea. "Mlckey," as the Carrolls call their eldest, was ordained May 20, 1961, at St. James Cathe- dral by the Most Reverend Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly and the following day he came home to St. Mary's to say his first Mass n a church packed with relatives and friends. Tracing their son's boyhood, Mr. Carroll described him as "a normal kid, he liked to play ball and have a good time," 'but, Mrs. Carroll added, "he was always considerate and loved serving Mass at St. Mary's, especially for Father Stohr (Rev. Richard Stohr, now pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, but then assistant at St. Mary's.) "I remember when Miekey was at St. Mary's Grade School," Mrs. Carroll recalled. "Sister Genevieve, the principal took me aside one day and said, 'Mickey's going to be a priest some day,' and she was right!" "He had never talked about the eminary," the Carrolls agreed. "But when we asked if he wanted to take the entrance exams for Prep or O'Dea he told us all he wanted was St. Edward's." And how did Mrs. Carroll feel to see her 13-year-old leave for the priesthood? "To think there was a vocation in my own MRS. CHARLES CARROLL is pictured mending her son's alb as she used to clean and mend his altar boy vestments when Michael was serving Mass at St. Mary Church. CatholicPorfhwes Procjressq--7 CITY COUNCILMAN Charles M. Carroll, his wife and sons are seen above. The Rev. Michael Carroll, the oldest child, is assistant a'r Christ The King Parish. Terry is a senior at O'Dea and daucjhfer, now Mrs. Kenneth Berchtold. "The excitement of ordination day carried over to the next day when Father Micley said his first Mass at St. Mary's," Mrs. Carroll said, reaching over for a white leather photo album, not unlike a wedding album, lying on the table beside her. "See," the proud mother pointed and there was picture after picture of the new Father Carroll saying his first Mass. "Everyone came," Mr. Carroll said. "It was packed. Holy Names Sisters that had taught Mickey came from as far as Spokane to see him." As assistant at Christ the King, the Car- rolls see their son more often now than they did during seminary days. "We never know what Mass he will be say- ing, but I have my spies," Mrs. Carroll laughed. "So when we go out to Christ the King we always eem to catch Mickey's Mass." Of deep significance to the Carrolls was the day last December when daughter Patty was married to Ken Berchtold. In th'e words of Mrs. Carroll: "Mickey married them and Terry was one of the altar boys. To see our three children together on the altar . . . what more could any parents want?" Patricia, unable 1"o be present for the picture is family thrilled me beyond words," Mrs. Carroll confessed. "I couldn't imagine why we had been blessed . . . why it had been us." During the 12 years Mickey was at the semi- nary the Carrolls would invite him to bring his friends home with him on their infrequent holidays. "I remember one Christmas we had 35 sem- inarians here all at once" and Mrs. Carroll glanced at her small but comfortable living room as if to question how 35 husky young men could have fitted into her home. "Coming home for Christmas and during the summer can be hard for a boy whose parents try to make him stay with them," Mr. Carroll said. "It's then that the parents must help their son. My wife and I would go to Mass during the week, light candles and say a few extra prayers to the Blessed Mother for Mickey. We wouldn't tell him this . . . we just went ahead and said those prayers." The day of days came for the Carrolls last May when Mickey along with seven other young men was ordained. Of the 40 boys that had e n t e r e d St. Edward's with him only seven finished. ERIC DIFFNER CHEVRON DEALER 8000 15th N.E. LA 2-9530 BIDDLE & CROWTHER HospHal, Institutional and Physician Suppliers 1001 BROADWAY E. EA 3-4466 ARCADIA PRINTING CO. 2701 Easflake EA 3.8585 BIRKENWALD, INC. MA 3-6500 25 16 4fh Ave. SHAMEK'S... Ranke Building Accordion Pleatincj---Buttons and Buckles Made BUTTON HOLES HEMSTITCHED MAin 2-5350