Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year!
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This has been a wonderful and very special year for me.
This is the year when I have been allowed to serve as your Assistant Director of Native American Affairs. It has been a year of meeting very special people who work in Native American ministry. I pray for you every day that our Incarnate God, born to us at Christmas, become a guide and a hope for you and all of your work.

In this year of gifts, both giving and receiving, I have thought about how this year has been a very important gift to me. This year I have visited Native American ministries among others, in Duluth, Minnesota, Gallup, New Mexico and the San Francisco Bay area in California. In my visits and presentations, I have learned a lot about how faith is celebrated and cherished in Native American Nations. Also, throughout the year, I have learned what makes the Native American community such a gift to our Church. I have witnessed an intense spirituality inherent in ritual, compassion and family. We have also worked together on social justice projects especially the development of restorative justice- which is one of the more important gifts to not only the Church but also to the Country.

As Christ gave to us - not a onetime event during Christmas, also our mission and ministry is not a onetime gift to the Church. Our hard work reveals itself in the grace filled relationships that is the foundation of our faith filled communities. It is in this way that I wish you a very blessed Christmas and New Year.

Your Brother in Christ,
Rev. Michael Carson
 
Native American Affairs
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church
3211 Fourth Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017

   Phone: 202-541-3427 | Email: mcarson@usccb.org | Website