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Death of John J. Carey

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John J. Carey, ACSW, Diocesan Director of Catholic Social Ministries (today Catholic Charities) of the Diocese of Raleigh from 1984-1989, died on October 29, 2011, in Michigan. He was 84. 

Mr. Carey began his career in social work as a caseworker for Catholic Big Brothers in Los Angeles, CA. Before coming to Raleigh he provided and directed social services in Michigan and Iowa, serving from 1974-1984 as Director of Catholic Social Services and Associate Director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Lansing.

“John Carey did outstanding social ministry in a career dedicated to social work with youth, families and communities,” said a spokesperson for Catholic Charities. Since 1990, Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Raleigh has presented an annual award in Mr. Carey’s name to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to social ministry in the Diocese and shown a strong commitment to the Church's social mission. 

Mr. Carey is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Rhea L. Carey, children Lory (J.R.) Holbrook, John (Angela) Carey, Leo P. (Rhonda) Carey, Marion (Kenny) Kaus, and Helen (Pano) Papalekas, 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, one sister, Helen (Carey) Malloy, and many other relatives and friends. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated November 1 in Mr. Carey’s home parish in Detroit, Michigan. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh Inc., 715 Nazareth, Raleigh, N.C. 27606.