Iowan Takes Part in Vatican Mass

Maxwell Carson delivered a reading during a mass at the Vatican. (WHO-HD)

Maxwell Carson delivered a reading during a mass at the Vatican. (WHO-HD)

VATICAN CITY  —  Pope Francis held a New Year’s Day mass at the Vatican, and an Iowa man was part of the service.

23-year-old Max Carson, a 2012 Dowling Catholic High School graduate, gave a scripture reading in English before the Pope delivered his message during the mass.

“He wanted to be a rock star since he was six years old and then to take that right turn wanting to be a priest. Something like that just really helped him reaffirm his decision that he’s on the right path and he’s doing what God wanted him to do,” said his Dad, Tim Carson.

His family back in Des Moines set their alarms for the middle of the night to watch the mass live at St. Peter’s Basilica.

“He was cool and collected and just went up there and did his thing. As parents, we’re awfully proud of him. Just couldn’t believe that’s our little boy up there,” said Tim Carson.

While it only lasted a minute, it was a memory Carson and his family won’t soon forget.

Carson went to seminary in St. Paul. He is finishing his studies to become a priest at North American College in Rome.