Born in the Bronx, Joseph Carroll grew up across the street from St. Joseph Church. Joe moved from the Bronx to Southern California in 1963, where he entered the seminary. In 1974, he was ordained a Catholic priest and devoted the next eight years to parish work. When Bishop Leo Maher sought someone to take over St. Vincent de Paul Center, he is said to have asked, “Who is the biggest hustler in the diocese?” One name came up often: Father Joe. Five short years after taking the helm, Father Joe opened the $12 million Joan Kroc Center. The Joan Kroc Center was followed by the Bishop Maher Center in 1989 and the Paul Mirabile Center in 1994. He retired in 2011 but remained President Emeritus until he passed away on July 10, 2021. His family noted that one of his last wishes was that the Champions of Scouting event go on as planned.
Father Joe’s Scouting years