The primary purpose of the Department of Indian Ministry is to be at-one-with the Indian people within the diocese, a listening presence in their midst and a promoter of Catholic Indian celebrations. Established and continued through a grant from the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, the director sponsors retreats, days of recollections, special Kateri Tekakwitha celebrations, an annual Indian Harvest Mass, attends the Kateri Circle Meetings and the National Tekakwitha Conference. We are very proud of our youth Kateri Circle on the Grand Portage Reservation, the first in the state. The director represents the diocese at various church, civic and tribal functions and serves as the voice that brings Indian concerns to the attention of the Bishop, the diocesan officers, and other directors of diocesan offices.
The Anishinabe, also known as Ojibwe and Chippewa (each name having variations in spelling), live within the Diocese of Duluth. These, the first people in our area, generously shared the gifts of Mother Earth with the early trappers and fur traders who came to the Arrowhead region of Northeastern Minnesota. Wild rice is one of these gifts - a special gift of the waters of which the Spirit had directed the Ojibwe to search in their migration West.
Rejoice with us as we continue to celebrate the Canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha - an event that took some of us to Rome for this festive occasion on October 21, 2012. We were joined by 800, 000 other Pilgrims in Rome for the canonization of our seven new saints. To Bishop Paul Sirba, the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Office, and the many contributions from members of the Diocese of Duluth and elsewhere we thank you for this wonderful gift and assure you that you were present in our prayers as we made our pilgrimage in Italy. You were there as we received the special blessings from the Holy Father and at each Mass. May St. Kateri Tekakwitha continue to walk with us as we strive to imitate her in reaching out to the young, our elders, the sick and to hold close to our hearts her devotions to Jesus on the cross and to His Mother.
Ball Club Area
Grand Portage Youth Kateri Circle
St. Lawrence Kateri Circle
On July 4th of 1704, the Last Battle in Apalachee for the Catholic missions took place.
"Let the untold story unfold to acknowledge the courageous early evangelization efforts which included First Peoples of this land who shared the story of Jesus among the people." - Sister Kateri Mitchell, SSA
"Let us unite our prayers to the Floridian Martyrs, always seeking their intercession as we invite all people to venerate their holy memory and aid us in the ongoing work of evangelization." - Reverend Wayne Carroll Paysse
" I find tragic that 21st century Christians in Florida are unaware of the lives and heroism of the first Christians in Florida. How can we treasure their legacy if in fact we do not know their story?" - Bishop Felipe J. Estevez, Bishop of St. Augustine, FL.
And for the canonization of Nicholas Black Elk, Lakota Holy Man who, as a lay catechist on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is credited with leading over 400 Native People to baptism. May we, like Nicholas, lead others in walking the Sacred Red Road to Jesus.
Prayer for the Canonization of Nicholas Black Elk
Let us send prayers to our Creator for all those involved with the current pipeline situation in North Dakota and elsewhere as they seek ways of protecting our sacred water.
"God of peace, we bless you and we thank you because you have sent us your beloved Son, Jesus, the source of all peace. Open yet more our hearts to the needs of all our brothers and sisters, so that we may be better able to build a true peace. Remember, Father of mercy, all who are in pain, who suffer and die in the cause of a more just world. For the people of every race, of every tongue - may your kingdom come. Amen." - Pope Paul VI
2018 Annual Tekakwitha Conference
Contact the National Office for more information. See below for address and phone number.
"Creator, we thank you for the gift that you have given us in Kateri Tekakwitha. May we ever imitate her and keep you in front of our eyes, leading us on our sacred journey back to you. May our daily works be pleasing to you as we reach out to others especially our children, our elders, and our sick. As You continue to bless Kateri's people, the First Inhabitants of North America, may all recognize the many gifts her people have to offer each of us. Finally may our dying words be, like hers, 'Jesus, I love you.' We make this prayer in the name of You, the Great Mystery, our Brother Jesus, and the ever present Spirit who live as One surrounding us in the circle of life and love. Amen" - Composed by local parishioners
NATIONAL TEKAKWITHA CONFERENCE
BUREAU OF CATHOLIC INDIAN MISSIONS
UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS
Diocese of Duluth
"Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion is to take off our shoes - for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we may find ourselves treading on another's dream. More serious still, we may forget that God was there before our arrival."
"Every culture contains the seed of the Gospel.
"The world in which you were born is just one model
"When we refuse to step over social and
"Let us put our minds together