Fr. Carl B. Trutter, O.P., was born Springfield, IL on September 19, 1933. He died peacefully on March 25, 2020 at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans.
Fr. Carl was originally a member of the Province of St. Albert the Great beginning in 1953. Fr. Carl professed simple vows on Aug. 31, 1954 in Winona and was ordained to the Priesthood on June 4, 1960. Fr. Carl joined the Province of St. Martin de Porres when it was founded in 1979.
Fr. Carl held the following degrees: B.A. in Liberal Arts from Loras College in River Forest, IL; B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Theology from Aquinas Institute in River Forest and a D.Rel from The Chicago Theological Seminary.
Fr. Carl’s first assignments was as Parochial Vicar at Holy Rosary Parish in Houston. In 1964, Fr. Carl moved to Chicago where he served as Provincial Director for the Dominican Laity. He became Director of Field Education at Aquinas Institute in Dubuque, IA, in 1971.
From 1973-77, Fr. Carl had his first experience as Campus Minister at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Fr. Carl loved this ministry, serving at the University of Houston (1977-83), Vanderbilt University (1984-90), and Tulane University (2003-2006). In addition, Fr. Carl served as Provincial Promoter of Campus Ministry, and Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston and the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
In 1993 Fr. Carl served as Socius and Vicar Provincial in New Orleans for nine years. His final assignments were as Parochial Vicar for St. Joseph Parish in Ponchatoula, LA, (2006-2008) and Irving, TX, where he did supply work for from 2008-2011. In 2011, Fr. Carl moved to Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care Center in New Orleans where he remained until his death.
The Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 775 Harrison Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in the name of Rev. Carl B. Trutter, O.P. to the Southern Dominican Province, PO Box 8129, New Orleans, LA 70182. JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119 in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com
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