The following press release was issued the first week of June. 

For 38 years, San Diego’s Father Joe Carroll has selflessly and tirelessly served our community. Over the past three decades, he served as the voice of, and advocate for, the homeless population throughout Southern California.

From handing out peanut butter sandwiches at a small community chapel to establishing a nationally modeled “one-stop shop” approach to the complex issue of homelessness, his contributions to bettering the lives of our neighbors in need are truly immeasurable.

To commemorate these decades of service, please join Father Joe and his many friends throughout the community in a celebration of his life in ministry.

Celebrating a Life of Service – Father Joe Carroll
Sunday, June 24, 2012
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Town and Country Resort – Mission Valley

For questions about the event, please contact Friends of Father Joe at 619.316.8520 or



Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 6:54 AM By MacDonald
Talk about being Pro-Life: from what I have just read, this fine priest has followed the commandments of Jesus to help “the least of these,” whom society (and even many Churchy people) ignore completely. A brief examination of his ministry reminds me of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who also turned her attention and energy to those on the streets.

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:39 AM By Do Unto Others
Kindly, common-sense and, yes, holy Father Joe helps countless people and gets many, many people back on their feet and working again. He can’t go anywhere in San Diego without someone thanking him for having helped them turn their life around. His centers help many unwed moms and many families who are in need. God bless Father Joe.

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:13 AM By Jim Sheridan
Fr. Joe had a huge impact on me when I was a Boy Scout in San Diego. As the Scouts’ Catholic chaplain, him being on both of the retreats for the 2 religious emblems that I earned in the late 80s. A wonderful role-model indeed!

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:14 PM By Abeca Christian
God bless father Joe. I appreciate all his hard work. Oh by the way I like peanut butter sandwiches too.

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:41 PM By Denise Riggio
Thank you Cal Catholic for this great story about this good and faithful priest.

Posted Friday, June 15, 2012 2:13 PM By Abeca Christian
I meant to add with Jelly of course! God bless Father JOE!

Posted Friday, June 15, 2012 8:39 PM By Pilar
Thank you Father Joe for being the “alter Christus” for your parish community. By their fruits you shall know them. The many people whom you have helped so much is forever grateful and they continue to be fruitful. Like John Vianney, because you are connected to the Vine, the people whose lives you have touch will forever be fruitful. In the World Prayer for Priest, we pray for you especially in this feast of the Sacred Heart. Pilar

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2012 7:37 PM By MacDonald
FINALLY! A MIRACLE! A Catholic priest whom no one is attacking! Deo gratias!

Posted Monday, June 18, 2012 11:10 AM By Abeca Christian
MacDonald stop snoring and sleeping so much that you have missed many other times where we had excellent articles on awesome priests, that the faithful appreciated much! Now your use of the word “attacking” is unjustified! That would be a criminal offense to attack anyone and place them in danger, haha

Posted Monday, June 18, 2012 12:59 PM By Abeca Christian
Thank you CalCatholic Daily for articles that edify good priests from our faith, we appreciate them. I know that there are more times where we read about a dissent priest and that usually gets the faithful scandalized and upset but from time to time, this website does report on good stories about good priests too! God bless you!

Posted Monday, June 18, 2012 7:28 PM By MacDonald
ABECA, you naughty thing: how is it that you can hear me snore? From now on, I’m keeping my doors locked!

Posted Monday, June 18, 2012 10:56 PM By Abeca Christian
MacDonald I can only assume but it’s still a good idea to keep your doors locked, we don’t want to scare any “thing” or even “naughty things”, as you would call it. haha

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2012 8:58 PM By max
this is the kind of priesst we should be able to read about, not always the pervs who molest little boys and girlss. the eway the media mangles the cathlic news, one would htink every priest is a criminal — but in tyruth, child abuse is a HUGE SOCIETAL PROBLEM IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

Posted Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:31 PM By Abeca Christian
max you are correct child abuse is a huge societal problem, starting with Abortion…..this problems is bigger even in public schools. Good comments you just made! Bravo!