'Another mystery of faith': Remembering former Carroll President Joseph Harrington


As a Saint on earth, Monsignor Joseph D. Harrington Jr. wore purple and gold. Who knows what otherworldly colors he is wearing now.

The funeral Mass for the former president of Carroll College was held at the Cathedral of St. Helena on Monday at 11 a.m. Around 250 family, friends and followers of Christ gathered to celebrate the life of the 91-year-old Helena resident who died on July 7.

Around 25 fellow priests were in attendance. One being Monsignor Kevin O’Neill of the Catholic Diocese of Helena, who first met Harrington in 1969. O’Neill was a first-year student at Carroll College during the first year of Harrington’s presidency. 

In his homily, O’Neill emphasized the joy in the unexpected that Harrington often partook in.

“At the Mass of the Holy Spirit (in 1969), Father Joseph Harrington was giving the homily and the sound system had a tendency to blend in radio stations whenever they were broadcasted. He was summarizing his homily by stating, ‘Nothing is impossible for God,’” said O’Neill. “At which point, the radio station broke in with Paul Anka singing ‘(You’re) Having My Baby,’ and he, not ruffled, not a

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