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.
Welcome from the Subcommittee Chairman
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.
+Chad W. Zielinski
Bishop of New Ulm
Chairman, Subcommittee on Native American Affairs
The Subcommittee Mandate
The subcommittee on Native American Affairs is under the direction of and assists the Committee on Cultural Diversity within the Church by working directly with the standing committee and collaboratively with other USCCB committees to address the pastoral concerns of Native American (North American Aboriginals) Catholics to affirm the gifts and contributions of Native American Catholics and to provide more opportunities for Native American Catholics to engage in the life of the Church and help shape its evangelization mission.
This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility:
The subcommittee is directly responsible for outreach to Native American Catholics under the direction of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.