SNS Announces Fr. Joseph Carver, S.J. as President

Joseph Carver Sitting at Table
Seattle Nativity School would like to announce that Rev. Joseph Carver, S.J. has joined the SNS team as our first President!

Fr. Joseph is a Jesuit priest and member of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus. Growing up on a farm in upstate New York, Fr. Joseph began a life-long passion and concern for the blessing of creation. He has worked in a variety of ministries from homeless outreach and retreats to teaching and campus ministry. Fr. Joseph has written on the topics of theology and ecology and in particular on Ignatian spirituality and ecology. Most recently, he served as the regional superior of the Jesuits in Montana, and prior to that he spent two years teaching Theology, Ecology and Ethics at Seattle Preparatory School. He has been teaching both in and out of the classroom for over 15 years. Fr. Joseph is also a former professional sailor and avid photographer. He is excited to return to the very same parish where he lived as a Jesuit Volunteer 20 years ago, right here in Central Seattle at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish.

The Seattle Nativity School is not new to Fr. Joseph; he was on the initial feasibility committee and has been on the SNS Board. Fr. Joseph reflects, “What drew me most to Seattle Nativity School was the opportunity to work with great people, students, families and faculty who are committed to creating a positive educational environment with a focused mission. The mission of the Seattle Nativity School is to break the cycle of poverty through education. This is where we begin and end our work. WB Yeats writes "education must never be about filling a pail but the lighting of a fire" and Jesuit education is about a “fire that kindles others fires." In a time of immense challenges for families, educators and children, Seattle Nativity is a place for our students to become life-long learners, lifetime scholars. It is exciting to join a dedicated team of volunteers, faculty, and board members who are working in strong partnerships building the Seattle Nativity School community - building the Kingdom of God.”

The SNS Board of Directors and staff feel truly blessed with the opportunity to have Fr. Joseph join us as SNS’s first President. As Provincial Pat Lee, S.J., notes in his missioning letter to Fr. Joseph, “…I am happy to confirm my missioning of you to the new Seattle Nativity School as its first president. I know of the long history you have with the planning and making the school a reality. You will be an excellent leader.” We are thrilled to accept Fr. Joseph’s leadership in fulfilling the Seattle Nativity School mission of nourishing souls and igniting leaders for love and service. We look forward to his onboarding in August, knowing he will hit the ground running!