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Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the "Lily of the Mohawks"

A statue of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha is seen outside her shrine in Fonday, NY.  CNS Photo/Nancy Phelan Weichec.

Nicholas W. Black Elk, Sr.

News Release - Bishops Approve Canonical Step for Sainthood Cause for Lakota Catechist - Read the news release about how the U.S. Bishops approved the canonical consultation of canonization for a Lakota Catechist at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore.

Catholic News Service (CNS) - Sainthood cause of Lakota catechist moves forward by Rhina Guidos - Read the CNS article about the how the U.S. bishops voted to move forward the sainthood cause of Nicholas W. Black Elk, a 19th-century Lakota catechist who is said to have introduced hundreds of Lakota people to the Catholic faith.

Events in 2018

February 3-6, 2018 - The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme of the event will be "Building Community: A Call to the Common Good". In conjunction with the CSMG, the Diversity Outreach Initiative (DOI) will take place. The DOI seeks to develop leaders from diverse Catholic communities for ministry in the Church. For more information, please check the website.

February 15-17, 2018 - BICM Seminar during the Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC) will be held at the Hilton Baltimore hotel in Baltimore, MD. To register for this event, please visit the website.

June 2018 - The Subcommittee on Native American Affairs meeting will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

July 18-22, 2018 - The Annual Tekakwitha Conference will be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center in Tacoma, WA. Check back for more information.

E-Newsletters

November 2017 - This edition includes an informative article by Dana Attocknie of The Sooner Catholic about the opening of a place of Native American Spirituality, healing and Catholic Culture. The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Spiritual Center is on the campus of Saint Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The article explains the Center's mission and outreach. Also included is a reminder of the upcoming events such as the BICM Training and Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

August 2017 - This edition included highlights from Fr. Michael Carson about the 2017 Annual Tekakwitha Conference held in July. Also included is a save the date reminder for the BICM training being held at the Mid-Atlantic Congress on February 15-17, 2018 in Baltimore, MD and an article by Dr. Ansel Augustine about the wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras (Black Masking) Indians of New Orleans.

Easter/April 2017 - This edition included a special Easter season greeting from Fr. Michael Carson and the importance of how the Native American Community carries out Christ's two-fold mission especially during this time of year.

February 2017 - This edition included a message from Fr. Michael Carson about the importance of building bridges in our faith as well as providing a quick update on Native American ministry in different arch/dioceses.

Christmas/December 2016 - This first edition of the quarterly e-newsletter introduced us to Fr. Michael Carson, Assistant Director of Native American Affairs. He provided a special Christmas and New Year's greeting and gave thanks for all the gifts received and given.



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