Juniper Carol, OFM
1911 – 1990
Fr. Juniper Carol, OFM, was born Feb. 19, 1911 in Cardenas, Cuba. In 1923, he attended Tusculum High School in Greenville, Tenn., and one year later entered St. Charles College and Seminary in Havana, Cuba. He came to the United States in 1930 and was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J. Fr. Juniper professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1934 and was ordained in 1935.
After teaching for a year at St. Bonaventure’s College in Allegany, N.Y., Fr. Juniper went to the Pontificial Athenaeum Antonianum in Rome to study theology. World War II forced him to return to the United States and he was assigned to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y. There, he organized the Opera Forum and taught Italian, Spanish, history of opera, apologetics and literature.
In 1949, he became the leading founder of the Mariological Society of America. One year later, Fr. Juniper published his book, De Co-Redemptione de B.V. Maria. He completed his doctoral degree in 1950 and served as editor of Marian Studies until 1979. In 1956, Fr. Juniper went south and served as a hospital chaplain in the Tampa, Fla., area. He retired to St. Anthony Friary, St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1979.
Fr. Juniper died on April 1, 1990 at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. He was 79 years old, a professed friar for 58 years and a priest for 55 years.