Our First 65 Years
The John Carroll Society was founded in 1951 to create a vibrant spiritual community of Catholic professionals in the Archdiocese of Washington and to support the Archbishop of Washington in appropriate projects.
Today, the Society numbers 1,200 members, embodying the Church’s understanding of an active laity as participants engage in Christian fellowship, heightened prayer life, continued education in the faith and charitable outreach.
Commenting on the state of the John Carroll Society, Philip M. Hannan, the former Archbishop of New Orleans and first chaplain of the Society, observed that this association of Catholic professionals and businessmen and women had finally evolved into the organization envisioned by its founders half a century ago. Indeed, Archbishop Hannan, as one of those founders, has seen how the Society responded to the extraordinary changes that have occurred in both the nation and the American Church during the later twentieth century.