The Rev. Dr. Carol J. Jablonski

carol jablonski

July 12, 1951 ~ June 19, 2023

Born in: Milwaukee, WI
Resided in: Asheville, NC

The Rev. Dr. Carol J. Jablonski passed away on June 19, 2023, at an Asheville, NC hospice after a brief illness. Her intelligence, insight, wit, grace, and compassion were known to many, both within the Communication discipline and outside it. Her life as a teacher, scholar, and Episcopal priest was rich and multifaceted.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, on July 12, 1951, Carol earned her BA in English from Allegheny College (1973), her MA in Communication from Purdue University (1975), and her PhD in Communication, also from Purdue (1979). Carol served on the faculties of the University of Virginia (1978-1981), Indiana University (1981-1986), and the University of South Florida (1986-2005), with two semesters at Wake Forest University as a Visiting Associate Professor (1990-1991).

Carol taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Rhetoric and Social Change, and the Rhetoric of the Sixties. Her publications focused on leadership in times of social and institutional tumult, including three articles in The Quarterly Journal of Speech. She received grants from USF and the University of Notre Dame for her work on Dorothy Day, the twentieth century radical whose advocacy for peace prompted her incarceration on numerous occasions, and whose actions on behalf of the poor made her a saint to many.

Carol actively engaged in university service and leadership, particularly in program development and curricular reform during her years in the professorate. Having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate, it was a privilege for her to have been part of a decades-long effort on the part of many faculty and administrators to improve the undergraduate curriculum at USF and (eventually) secure a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for the university.

While at USF, Carol married her best friend and the love of her life, John Tyler Jones, in 1987. Together they explored many state and national parks, as well as the joys of making a home in the various places they lived. A technical writer and IT manager, Ty was later ordained as a vocational deacon in the Episcopal Church.

In a move that stunned many, given her professorial success, Carol’s profound faith led her to leave the Academy to answer a call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. She received her MDiv Cum Laude from Virginia Theological Seminary (Harris Prize, 2006). As part of her preparation for ministry, she served as a chaplain intern at Duke Medical Center. Carol was ordained to the diaconate in June 2006 and was ordained to the priesthood by The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry in February 2007. During these years Carol continued to teach Communication classes at George Washington University and at North Carolina State University. Carol served in multiple priestly roles at St. Stephen’s in Durham, NC; as Rector at St. Andrew’s, in College Park, MD; as Interim Priest-in-Charge at St. George’s in Asheville, NC, and as Interim Rector at St. James, in Hendersonville, NC. She also served as a supply priest at six other congregations in this area. Her last celebrations of the Holy Eucharist occurred on Easter Sunday of this year.

Carol became a quilter in her later years, embracing a hobby which brought her much joy. She also enjoyed hiking, knitting, cooking, icon writing, and reading widely, leaving the gardening and the cleaning to her husband, Ty, who survives her.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Manna Foodbank, Asheville, NC.

A Celebration of Life Service in her remembrance will be held at The Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village, Asheville, on Saturday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m., with the Rt. Rev. José McLoughlin presiding and the Rev. Dn. Ty Jones preaching. The livestream of the service may be viewed on the church’s YouTube channel.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Celebration of Life: October 28, 2023 11:00 am

The Cathedral Of All Souls
9 Swan Street
Asheville, NC 28803


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  1. Rev. Carol was such a welcoming and supportive person, I am so sad to hear this news. Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory.

  2. I only met Reverend Carol once but was able to spend some time talking with her while she was visiting family in Wisconsin. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with her and remember her smile, grace, and inner calm. May she rest in peace in God’s loving arms.

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  3. Ty,
    We are so very sorry for your loss! We are blessed to have been your friends while at Holy Innocents’! Carol was a wonderful person. You are in our thoughts and prayers for God’s comfort and peace. Sending our love!
    Michael and Sherry Roithmayr

  4. My good friend Ty,
    Lisa and I are so very sorry for your loss! We will be thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Carol was an extraordinary person who guided and supported many in her ministry. She was a life and spirit well lived!

  5. Her boundless energy, consistently happy mood, and contagious enthusiasm made her one of my favorite professors from my time in graduate school at USF. She was delightful. My condolences to her family and friends.

  6. I was so shocked and sad to hear about Carol. We loved having them at Holy Innocents’ and in our choir. She and Ty were wonderful people.

  7. Rest in peace and you have our reverence for your pain. Carol was a divine asset to St. James’ in Hendersonville. She always had a smile.

  8. Ty, we at St James are crushed with the news of Carol’s illness and death. I personally knew Carol in Tampa when we met in the Diocese of SW Florida’s discernment for ordination – a three year “trial” discernment project. She and I were in a small group and found such joy in discovering Biblical scholarship materials we had never heard of , ie. The Other Bible. She was a star then and she remains a star in the heavens. Blessings to you and your families as you grieve this marvelous woman.

  9. Ty,
    You and Carol were such a blessing to us at St John’s in Sylva during our time between clergy. It was obvious to all that the two of you shared a special bond and truly cherished each another.
    She will be missed.

  10. Carol was such a lovely and gracious woman who never waved her accomplishments around — certainly not to the Virginia Theological Seminary class of 2006. I’m sorry, Ty, that she left so soon. Obviously we all went off to various churches, so I never got to be on the receiving end of her priestly vocation, but I’m certain the churches she served were fortunate to have her.
    May the Angels lead Carol into paradise; may the martyrs greet her at your arrival and lead her into the holy city, Jerusalem. May the choir of Angels greet her and she you have eternal rest.

  11. Dear Ty,
    So very sorry for your loss of Carol so soon. I’m keeping you, and her, in my prayers.
    Mary Jablonski

  12. I only met Carol and Ty a couple of times for short conversations in hospice. Even as she was “leaving,” Carol (and Ty!), was wonderful. I’m so glad I got to meet her (and Ty).

  13. Carol was a wonderful person in my life and the lives of many others. My heart is heavy. I carry sweet memories of her and her beloved Ty.

  14. She was my Priest at St. Andrew’s in College Park, MD and setup my confirmation with Bishop John Bryson Chane Washington National Cathedral. I will truly miss her love and support in my life! I will carry her torch that burned in her daily living forever in mine. Thank you and please watch over me and my family. Peace Be With You!

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