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"The Catholic community is blessed, enriched and profoundly challenged by the faith of Native Americans in our midst. We ask the Catholic community to join us in seeking new understanding and awareness of their situation and in committing our church to new advocacy and action with our Native American brothers and sisters on issues of social justice and pastoral life which touch their lives."
Excerpt from the 2003 "Native American Catholics at the Millennium"
The feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha is July 14. It is also a celebration of Catholic Native American Ministry. The USCCB continues its commitment to Catholic Native American Ministry by publishing a new report. The report, entitled “Two Rivers A Report on Catholic Native American Culture And Ministry” is about the merging of Native American faith and culture and also examines the gifts of Catholic Native American ministry.
Dear friends in Christ,
Welcome to the work of The Bishop's Subcommittee on Native American Affairs and its website. The Subcommittee's mission and ministry is to assist and support each other in the challenges and joys that the ministry to the First People present.
Jesus Christ guides us in healing the history of injuries and many historical past conflicts of our Country toward the Native American Nations. We as our diverse Church community embrace this mission with all of the saints who have gone before us especially Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Through Catholic Education, Parish leadership and Church evangelization ministry we develop mutual trust and cultural respect.
For those Christ has called to this ministry there is joy and wonder in encountering Christ in the people and families that make up such a rich tapestry of culture, spirituality and grace.
Bishop of Gallup
Chairman, Subcommittee on Native American Affairs
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