—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and
President of the Black and Indian Mission Board.
The Academic Year draws to a close in our Indian Mission Schools across the United States. I am proud to say we are promoting or graduating many “stars” among our students. “Owinja,” is the Native American quilt that features the design of the Morning Star. Accordingly the Morning Star is the last seen at night and the first to greet the new day. It is symbolic of hope and new life.
Our Indian Catholic Schools offer hope and new life in a faith-filled, educational community that turns individual lives and sometimes whole families around. Listen to some of the successes you and other compassionate people have helped bring to life in Jesus’ Name during this school year.
I am coming to you for the annual End of School Appeal for our Native-American Catholic Schools where Christ is our foundation. Through the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions you can help me to keep the momentum going so Indian children can become “stars” and be a sign of hope and new life for their families, their church parishes and their schools. I extend my gratitude and prayerful good wishes for a time of special blessings for you.
May your summer be bright and filled with the Joy of Christ.