Published October 27, 2011
Father George Patrick Carlin, who served as a military officer, worked as a journalist and then a priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity (SOLT), died on Oct. 18.
Father Carlin was born in New York on March 17, 1925, the son of George A. Carlin and Mary Carr-Carlin.
Father Carlin came from a family of five siblings, with two brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Canterbury Preparatory School in Connecticut and Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he earned a degree in American Studies. He served in World War II and the Korean War as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
After many years as a journalist at American newspapers, he entered a vocation program for older men conducted by the Benedictine religious order and earned his master of divinity degree.
Father Carlin traveled to the Philippines with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity and spent five years at a mission on an island. He was later ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Jaime Sin at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines, on March 6, 1987.
As a priest, he served in the Philippines, contributed articles to newspapers and periodicals in several countries, served at St. Anthony Church in Harper, Texas, and served as the priest-in-residence for the SOLT lay formation program for families in Covington.
Father Carlin’s funeral Mass was on Oct. 21 at St. Augustine Church, in Covington. He was buried at Honey Creek Woodlands at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers.