Fr. Martin Carter, SA

About Fr. Martin Carter, SA


Born in North Carolina, Fr. Carter entered the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in 1948, professed his first vows in 1950 and was ordained in 1975. In 1977, while teaching at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, he was instrumental in founding Kujenga, an organization dedicated to nurturing leadership abilities among black Catholic youth. Kujenga was founded in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1977, it means “to build” in Swahili. Father Martin Carter, S.A., who directed the Brooklyn Diocese’s Office of Black Ministry in the late 1980s, introduced Kujenga in that New York City borough in 1989. Father Carter described Kujenga as a leadership-training program to emphasize young people’s positive identity and gifts. “The youngsters I’ve talked to have been ecstatic to participate,” he said. “They have gone on to college; they are raising families; they are living out their professions.”

Father Carter participated in the 25th anniversary Kujenga retreat in Brooklyn, sponsored by the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, the retreat offered them an opportunity “to build” (kujenga in Swahili) their leadership skills and spirituality.

He worked in the Office of Black Ministry in the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina from 1982 until 1988 and also served as Director of Office of Black Ministry in the Diocese of Brooklyn before becoming pastor at Our Lady of Victory where he served from 1995 to 2008.