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Diocese of Rapid City
Director of Sioux Spiritual Center Retreat Facility

Provides Catholic leadership for all areas of operation of the Sioux Spiritual Retreat Center.
Establishes and environment that respects and supports Native cultures and spirituality.
Practicing Catholic; Prefer college degree with training and/or experience in church and retreat center ministry.  Must have exellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills.  General knowledge of operating and managing a small business, practical use of technology, strong knowledge and experience of working with Native Americans preferred.  Successful candidate must live at the Sioux Spiritual Center, Howes, SD.

Complete job description is available on the diocesan website at:

Interested individuals should send a resume and letter by e-mail or postal mail listing three professional references along with a completed application form that can be downloaded from the diocesan website at http://www.rapidcitydiocese.org/chancellor/employment/

The Diocese of Rapid City offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

          Office of the Chancellor
          Diocese of Rapid City
          606 Cathedral Drive
          Rapid City, SD 57701



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Fort Defiance, Arizone Jubilee Celebration

November 24-25, 2015

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PBS story about St. Kateri and Native American Catholics

I hope you are well.  

I know it’s been a long time since the Tekakwitha Conference! I wanted to let you know that my PBS story about Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Native American Catholics will be on this weekend’s broadcast of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. (Check local listings.) We are releasing it in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month.  

The story is already posted on our website. Here is the link where you can watch it: 


Please feel free to forward this link to anyone among your networks who might be interested or post it on social media. If anyone want to Tweet about it, please use the show’s handle @ReligionEthics and/or mine @KimLawtonRandE. 

Thank-you again for your hospitality during the Tekakwitha Conference, and for being willing to be interviewed. 

I wish you all the best, 


Kim Lawton, Managing Editor

PBS “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly”

1819 L St NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20036

Tel. 202-216-2384


Follow me on Facebook at “Kim Lawton on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly” and on Twitter @KimLawtonRandE.  


Check out EWTN on November 18, 2015


EWTN Presents ‘Kateri:’ An Original Motion Picture On the Life of the First Native American Saint



By Michelle Laque Johnson

The daughter of a Mohawk warrior and Algonquin mother, Kateri Tekakwitha experienced disease and war as a child.

A smallpox epidemic not only claimed the lives of Kateri’s mother, father, and brother, but left her with a scarred face and poor eyesight. The four-year-old orphan was then adopted by a fiercely anti-Christian Mohawk chief.

How is it possible that such a girl managed to discover the Catholic faith, much less become a canonized saint?

Find out when EWTN airs its first original motion picture, “Kateri,” which was filmed on location in the U.S. and Canada. (Airs 9:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 18 and 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 21.) Before the Wednesday premiere, don’t miss Fr. Mitch Pacwa’s live interviews with Writer/Director Jim Kelty and Actress Sabrina Villalobos, who plays Kateri, on a special “EWTN Live” at 8 p.m. ET, Nov. 18.

“Your heart goes out to Kateri because of the things she suffered and persevered through,” Kelty said. “You wonder, ‘How did she live through that and what was that like?’ She had a deep impact on me.”

Every effort was made to insure that the costumes, the sets, and even the language used in the 90-minute film was as realistic as possible. Throughout the movie, the principal actors even speak some of their lines in the Mohawk language so three language experts were used on set to insure this was spoken authentically.

“All the filming was in Cambria [California], except three days in the snow in Midland, Ontario, Canada on the shores of Georgian Bay,” Kelty said. “In Midland, they have Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine, which celebrates the eight martyrs of North America and Kateri. We shot on the Shrine grounds. We were praying for snow and guess what? The day we arrived to begin setting up – a foot and a half of snow fell!

“Across the highway is a very significant living history village. In the scene where Kateri tearfully listens as [one of the missionary priests] is addressing them – 30 feet behind her is [famed Jesuit missionary and North American martyr] St. Jean de Brébeuf’s actual grave!”

The film utilized more than 100 actors. Kelty was initially having trouble finding enough extras to play Mohawk Indians until he mentioned his dilemma to a friend at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Mendota, Calif., a small agricultural town that is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. To Kelty’s amazement, at least 50 people from the parish made the 100 mile trip to participate in the film.

“[These parishioners] gave us their day,” Kelty said. “At the end of our 16-hour-day, I walked beside the bus [taking them back to their parish], waving to them. They were so happy they’d been able to participate in this story of one of their beloved saints. This was far and away the most inspirational thing I can talk about.”

Thanks to a lot of prayer, even the weather cooperated. “The snow that fell the day we arrived in Canada and the fog that suddenly appeared on Morro Bay, [California, where we were filming another scene], were the two knock-your-socks off things that happened,” Kelty said. “There is no way that Hollywood, with all its money, could have done it better. This production was blessed. There is no other way to say it.”



 National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with
Indigenous Peoples, 2015:

Introduction and Prayer

Catholicism and Traditional Indigenous Spirituality -
A Reflection on Commonalities

 The National Day of Praer 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!




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Saint Kateri Celebration: Salt River, Arizona
April 25, 2015

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2015 Novena in honor of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha



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