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Our Lady of Hope pastor dead at 74

Michael Carrano served MidVille since 2009, helped 9/11 firefighters

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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:10 pm, Thu Jul 11, 2019.

The Rev. Michael Carrano, who served as the pastor of Our Lady of Hope in Middle Village since 2009, died on June 23 at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston at the age of 74.

“Father Carrano was a good friend of mine and a great, great leader,” Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) posted on Facebook. “He put up a valiant fight against cancer and kept working throughout his treatments. He is a true hero and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his service to our community. He will be sorely missed.”

Carrano was ordained a priest on May 30, 1970 and served at various parishes throughout Queens and Brooklyn during his nearly 40 years of service.

After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Carrano comforted the surviving firefighters of Engine 205/Ladder 118, who had lost eight of their colleagues, by visiting the firehouse every day.

Carrano was born in Brooklyn in 1945. According to a 2009 Juniper Berry article, he attended Our Lady of Loreto grade school, Bishop Loughlin High School and graduated from St. Francis College with a BA in history.

After deciding to become a priest he attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, LI.

Carrano’s first assignment was at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Brooklyn. He was chosen by the bishop to study at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he earned a masters degree.

He became the principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Williamsburg in 1976. Three years later he was sent to Sacred Hearts-St. Stephen in Carroll Gardens to be a parish priest. Carrano attended Fordham University where he earned a masters in religious education.

In 1992, then-Bishop Thomas Daily appointed Carrano the diocesan director of youth ministry for parish youth programs, high school religious programs and wherever the diocese had chaplains in nonreligious colleges.

He became the pastor of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Brooklyn Heights in 2000.

His funeral was last Saturday at Our Lady of Hope RC Church and he was buried at Saint John Cemetery in Middle Village.

Carrano is survived by a sister, who lives in Arizona.

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