A priest with ties all above the Hudson Valley missing his fight with COVID.
Father Carl D. Johnson died Friday evening, Feb. 5, in the HealthAlliance Kingston Clinic from troubles from COVID-19. Fr. Johnson was the pastor of the joined parishes of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Port Ewen and Sacred Heart in Esopus in Ulster County.
He was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of New York in Dec. 1978 by His Eminence Terence Cardinal Cooke, and went on to serve initially as a deacon in Regina Coeli parish in Hyde Park, and afterwards as a priest at Great Shepherd in Rhinebeck, St. John the Evangelist in Mahopac, Sacred Heart in Monroe, and St. Augustine in New Town prior to transferring to Presentation in 2012.
“The marvel of currently being a priest is the chance to be welcomed into a family at instances of sorrow, tragedy and grief, and at other instances to lead celebrations of contentment,” he stated when he left Sacred Coronary heart in Monroe in 2012, in accordance to his obituary.
All through his tenure, he was a member of the Archdiocese Priests Senate underneath His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor, and he served as Chaplain for the Orange County Law enforcement Chiefs’ Affiliation, as well as chaplain of the Mahopac Falls Fire Dept. through his time in Mahopac. He was dedicated to the Catholic Youth Business (CYO). In addition, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and other corporations.
Fr. Johnson was a graduate of Our Girl of Victory College in Mount Vernon, and Blessed Sacrament Significant School and Iona Faculty in New Rochelle. Immediately after acquiring his Bachelor’s Diploma in religious research from Iona in 1974, he entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.
Fr. Carl, as he was regarded, was passionate about serving the folks of the Archdiocese in the Hudson Valley, and enjoyed obtaining absent to his loved ones home in Livingston, NY, and expending time with his five siblings and their people. As a priest, he was recognised as a robust chief, parish builder and artistic organizer focused to his parishioners, generally exhibiting his great perception humor and providing wonderful homilies. He cherished to journey with close friends, loved ones and parishioners, and built excursions throughout the U.S. and overseas–to Ireland, France, Italy, the Vatican, Russia, the Holy Land, and Australia.
All through his existence, he met and served two people today who would develop into saints. In 1981, he was appointed a clergy protection liaison for Pope John Paul II for the duration of his excursion to New York, staying with the Holy Father in the chancery for a couple times and previously, as a student, he achieved Mother Theresa and recognized her problem of producing and donating prayer booklets for her sisters.
With COVID concerns, a personal family mass was held at his church followed by burial in Columbia County. If COVID allows, there will be a memorial service someday in the upcoming, officers say.
Johnson is survived by his five siblings. He was beloved “Uncle Carl” to 13 nieces and nephews, 18 grandnieces and grandnephews, and a person fantastic-grandniece, his obituary states.
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