Tekakwitha Conference
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News & Events

Upcoming St. Kateri Tekakwitha Celebrations

April 21, 2018 - San Lucy Village on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, AZ
April 22, 2018 - St. Frances Xavier Church, Kahnawake, QC
July 13, 2018 - St. Kateri Circle of Dulac in Dulac, LA
July 14, 2018 - Hobema Reserve, Alberta

 

Contact the Tekakwitha Conference National Center to let us know of any additional, upcoming celebrations in honor of St. Kateri's Feast Day. 

 


 

New Executive Director (In-training until September 1, 2018)

  Meet Robert Barbry II

Our new director-in-training, Robert, is happily married to his wife, Rachel, and is a father to three wonderful children (two daughters, one son). He is a convert to the Catholic faith and brings to  the Tekakwitha Conference 7+ years of experience in both Catholic and Evangelical ministry settings. He completed his undergraduate studies in marketing through McNeese State      University and just recently earned a Master of Arts degree in Catechetics & Evangelization through Franciscan University of Steubenville. Robert also brings his proud native heritage as a member of the federally-recognized Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. Being in ministry, as a lay person, has always been his passion, and Robert is honored to have the opportunity to  be in service to the Church and to his native brothers and sisters. 

 

**NOTE: Sr. Kateri Mitchell, SSA will remain the active Executive Director until August 31, 2018. 

 


 

Holy Land Pilgrimage
November 6-16, 2018

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Catholicism and Traditional Indigenous Spirituality -
A Reflection on Commonalities

 The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indidgenous Peoples has been celebrated on December 12 since 2002. The following reflection by the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council identifies areas of commonality found in Traditional Aboriginal spirituality and the Catholic faith, seeking to point out bridges for mutual understanding. These will hopefully lead to a deeper respect and appreciation among all Catholics towards traditional Indegenous spirituality, and at the same time show how Aboriginal Catholics see a relationship between their Catholic faith and their cultural and personal identity.

There is a similarity in Catholic and Indigenous spiritualties as both are committed to a relationship with the Divine Being who is honored and loved for His gifts and kindnesses to the human world.

 Together we pray:

O Great Creator, we give praise and thanks to You for our lives and world. You make all things new and good, and you invite your peoples throughout creation to receive and share all that is good with each other. Thank you for how wonderfully and intimately You share Your life with us all. Likewise, we seek deepening relationships with each other and all Creation.

We commit to live and work with one another – our families; our communities; all cultures, nations, and peoples – in union with Mary, all the Saints, and our Grandfathers and Grandmothers who have gone before us and inspire us. We thank Your Great Holy Spirit for the great variety of gifts and talents You give Your people, and we commit to always using Your blessings to help one another and all Creation.

O God, there are many challenges in the world. We thank You for the gift of Your Son – Jesus Christ, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We rely on our friendship in Jesus and the power of Your Great Spirit to help us live good and moral lives. May our journey towards deepening virtue help us to battle evil and to bring blessing to the most difficult challenges.

We commit, O Creator, to share with and care for each other as You continue to do with us: with great reverence, generosity, and respect.

All praise and thanks to you, O Creator, for the privilege and call to share in Your wonderful life!

Amen.