Carl Swaringim was born in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from Bishop Du Bourg High School, he entered the Roman Catholic Cardinal Glennon College Seminary. He completed his priestly education at Kenrick Seminary and was ordained a priest by Joseph Cardinal Ritter on March 30, 1963.
Carl resigned from active ministry in the Roman Catholic Church in 1969; he was married in 1971. He completed his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) at Saint Louis University in 1982. After working as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal and Technology Director in a St. Louis area public school district, and serving as an adjunct instructor in Education at a local college, he retired in 2001.
He founded the +Vilatte Institute in 1992 as a Missouri Not-for-Profit corporation designed to help develop ministries in the Catholic Faith Tradition and promote the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
Carl was consecrated a bishop for service to the American Catholic Church on July 28, 1995. In 2001, he founded the Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA and served for four years as its first Presiding Bishop.
A memorial gift from
Joseph Cardinal Ritter
during his participation in
the Second Vatican Council
November 16, 1963.