Please join us for this webinar on how to minister to our First Nation brothers and sisters impacted by incarceration.
Father Michael Carson, a priest of the Diocese of San Jose, as the Assistant Director of Cultural Diversity in the Church for Native American Affairs. Fr. Carson started his work with the Conference on April 25, 2016. Fr. Carson holds a Master in Divinity from the Franciscan School of Theology (Graduate Theological Union) and a Master in Education Administration from Santa Clara University. He has been involved with long term strategic planning for the Department of Catholic Education in the Diocese of San Jose. He was ordained a priest in June of 1998. His most recent duties before joining the Bishops’ Conference include being pastor of St. Cyprian Catholic Church and administrator of the Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale. Before that, he was pastor of Queen of the Apostles parish in San Jose. For the last eight years Father Carson has volunteered his time over the summer at Christ the King in Shiprock, Navajo Nation, New Mexico. In this capacity, Fr. Carson has been doing workshops, programs and ministry with the parishioners and staff in the Navajo Nation. He also helped to organize services and relief efforts for the poor there, and has given symposiums in California on the people, places and history of Native American Culture in the Southwest. His interest in Native American beliefs, values and culture comes from his grandfather, a full blooded member of the Louisiana Choctaw tribe, who from his earliest days offered him spiritual and cultural grounding and made him proud of his Native American heritage. Fr. Carson is also the co-founder of California People of Faith Working against the Death Penalty (CPF) and has been ministering to inmates on Death Row San Quentin, California for the last twenty years. Along with his anti-death penalty work, he has been the chaplain of the Pro-Life Council of the Diocese of San Jose.
Nov 10, 2021 – 12 Noon Central Time (1 PM Eastern)