Howard Joseph Carroll

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Howard Joseph Carroll
Bishop of Altoona
In office 1958-1960
Ordination April 2, 1927
Consecration January 2, 1958
by Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani
Personal details
Born (1902-08-05)August 5, 1902
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died March 21, 1960(1960-03-21) (aged 57)
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Education Duquesne University
Alma mater St. Vincent College

Howard Joseph Carroll (August 5, 1902 – March 21, 1960) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Altoona, Pennsylvania from 1958 to 1960.[1]


Carroll was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Duquesne University from 1920 to 1921. He then studied at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, from where he obtained Bachelor of Arts and Licentiate of Philosophy degrees. In 1923 he entered the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, earning a Doctor of Sacred Theology in 1928. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 2, 1927.

Following his return to Pennsylvania in 1928, he served as a curate at Sacred Heart Church in Pittsburgh until 1938, when he became assistant general-secretary of the National Catholic Welfare Council. He was named a Papal Chamberlain in 1942 and a Domestic Prelate in 1945. He served as general-secretary of NCWC from 1944 to 1957.

On December 5, 1957, he was appointed Bishop of Altoona by Pope Pius XII. He received his episcopal consecration on January 2, 1958 from Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, assisted by Bishops John Francis Dearden and Coleman Carroll (his brother). He later died at age 57.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Richard Thomas Guilfoyle
Bishop of Altoona
Succeeded by
Joseph Carroll McCormick