Many friends of Fr. Jim Carroll gathered at the Salesian College chapel at the Rupertswood in Sunbury for the requiem Mass at 11:00 am on 20th May. There were about 40 Salesian priests and two diocesan priests concelebrated with the provincial, Fr. Frank Moloney who was the principal celebrant.
A number of Salesian priests have travelled from Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia to entrust Fr. Jim to the Lord and to say good-bye to him.
The college chapel was filled with his family and friends, and quite a number of them had to stand all the way through Mass.
Fr. Jim’s only surviving sister, Joan Deany, was accompanied by her son Simon and daughter Jane, together with her other nieces and nephews.
Fr. Frank Moloney mentioned during the homily about how Fr. Jim had been to all those who came across in his life. Fr. Jim was a practical man with a kind heart who would go an extra mile to help those who approached him. Many friends of Fr. Jim were grateful for his friendliness and generous support through their encounters with him.
After the Communion, Fr Jim’s niece and nephews, Jane, Paul and Simon, spoke briefly on how wonderful Uncle Jim was for them and their family.
Fr. John Prest, the last rector of Fr. Jim, led the Final Commendation at the end of the requiem Mass.
The altar servers and all the priests led the procession down to the Salesian cemetery after Mass. It was very impressive to see the students and staff of Salesian College Sunbury and St. Joseph’s College Ferntree Gully forming guard of honour from the chapel all the way to the cemetery. Fr. Jim used to make comment about how impressive he was to see our students as guard of honour in any Salesian funeral procession.
Today, these students have impressed Fr. Jim himself. He would be extremely pleased with them for the respect given to him for all the work he has done particularly at the Salesian College Sunbury and St. Joseph’s College Ferntree Gully.
Light refreshments were served in the Rupertswood Mansion after the burial. Once again, it was a good catch up time for all family and friends of Fr. Jim to talk about how they were touched by his kindness and generosity.
It was a good celebration and farewell for Fr. Jim. Just to use his very own words ‘you can go now’, “Fr. Jim, you can go now. And may you rest in peace!”