In 1883, the first bishop of Helena, John Baptist Brondel, proposed a Catholic college in Montana to help produce future priests for the soon-to-be diocese of Helena. Unfortunately, he died before his plans could be realized. Pope Pius X selected as Brondel’s successor a young priest from Dubuque, Iowa: John Patrick Carroll.
Prior to his appointment, Carroll was the president of St. Joseph’s College in Dubuque (now known as Loras College). He had been appointed president there just five years after joining the faculty. Upon his arrival in Montana, the newly appointed Bishop articulated three goals: to establish a Catholic school system, to build a cathedral, and to carry forward Bishop Brondel’s vision of the first Catholic college in Montana.
For over 100 years, Carroll College has been a community that enlightens the minds and hearts of students. Today, our campus is home to men and women from many different places and backgrounds who—on a daily basis—learn and have fun together, cheer each other on, challenge each other, and support each other through joyful and difficult times.At Carroll, students belong to a happy, vital community—one that puts a great amount of energy into every student’s success. And, born out of our Catholic tradition, we have a strong calling to work together for the common good.
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