As the John Carroll Society begins its 69th year, I welcome you as its 34th President to explore this website. The John Carroll Society is an organization of Catholic professionals from the legal, healthcare, and business communities who in fellowship seek to grow spiritually and through service, to support the Archbishop of Washington. Now in his 34th energetic year as Chaplain, Monsignor Peter J. Vaghi provides the John Carroll Society with intellectually rigorous and loving spiritual leadership.
One of the hallmarks of our namesake, the Jesuit priest John Carroll who served as the first bishop and archbishop in the United States, was humility; along with a recognition that everyone is a leader and everyone leads every day. If we follow the guidance of the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius, to act justly, love loyally, and walk humbly -- and the direction of our new Archbishop, Wilton Gregory, to share gifts, pursue justice, and reach out to be one with those on the margins, then we will be successful in continuing the longstanding and impressive work of our predecessors in the John Carroll Society.
The strength and longevity of the John Carroll Society continues because its hopes and dreams remain focused on people. As we focus with the Archbishop of Washington on needs in our current times while imagining the next inspiring future and help to shape it, we are reminded by the Church that while each of us is imperfect, we also are capable through faith, prayer and community to become instruments of Christ on earth and to participate in God’s plan of creation by living Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam -- by rising to the challenge of directing our efforts for the greater glory of God and service of others.
Whether you are a longstanding, new, or potential member of the John Carroll Society, I invite you to explore this website for its wealth of information about the Society’s programs and activities. Each provides an opportunity to enrich your spiritual life or share your time and talent in service to others.
In the year ahead, I hope to expand the number of individuals in the Washington area who experience the rich gifts of faith, service, and fellowship found in the John Carroll Society. Pope Francis calls us to be bold and engaged in our faith. I very much hope to see you at one of our events soon!