Carroll Houle Carroll Houle

First post: Mar 25, 2020 Latest post: Apr 9, 2020
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends of Carroll Houle updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
This site has been set up by friends at the Norfolk, VA Catholic Worker community, which Carroll joined in May 2019 after a decade in Charlottesville, VA, and a long career as Maryknoll missionary priest before that. We know that Carroll has many loving circles of friends and a wonderful family in Minnesota. Until recently, he was corespondent par excellence.  For a while he has had short term memory  problems, but his love for his friends and adopted family in and from Africa, his Maryknoll community, his extensive Minnesota family of origin, his Charlottesville community, and more has not been lost to his memory. He can still speak Swahili.
In February, Carroll became ill and was hospitalized with pneumonia. Upon discharge, because of physical weakness he entered a care facility to receive therapy. Sadly, he was not been able to engage well with therapy, and he became weaker and weaker, and finally bed-ridden, sleeping much of the time. The memory loss (dementia) is now worse, has robbed him of interest in food, so he is not eating much at all. His doctors do not expect the situation to improve. Last week he began hospice services in the care facility. He is comfortable. 
Please feel free to share stories, pictures, memories of dear Carroll. They will mean much to all of us. We will share them with him.