Beloved priest succumbs to COVID-19

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KINGSTON – Fr. Carl Johnson died Friday evening, February 5, in the HealthAlliance Kingston Hospital from complications from COVID-19.

Fr. Carl Johnson

He was the pastor of the joined parishes of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Port Ewen and Sacred Heart in Esopus.

Fr. Johnson was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of New York in December 1978 by His Eminence Terence Cardinal Cooke, and went on to serve first as a deacon in Regina Coeli parish in Hyde Park, and later as a priest at Good Shepherd in Rhinebeck, St. John the Evangelist in Mahopac, Sacred Heart in Monroe, and St. Augustine in New City before moving to Presentation in 2012.

During his tenure, he was a member of the Archdiocese Priests Senate under his Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor, and he served as chaplain for the Orange County Police Chiefs’ Association, as well as chaplain of the Mahopac Falls Fire Department during his time n Mahopac.

He was dedicated to the Catholic Youth Organization and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and other organizations.

Fr. Johnson was a graduate of Our Lady of Victory School in Mount Vernon, and Blessed Sacrament High School and Iona College in New Rochelle. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Iona in 1974, he entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.

Fr. Johnson was born on May 10, 1952 to Fred Johnson, Sr. and Catherine Browne Johnson, their fifth of six children.

With COVID consideration, a private family mass will be held at his church followed by burial in Columbia County. If COVID allows, there will be a memorial service sometime in the future.

Donations to honor the life and legacy of Fr. Johnson may be made to his parish, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Sacred Heart at .