Monsignor Stephan and the Indian Schools
Second in a series of historical reflections by Tim Lanigan
Highlights from the Holiness of Nicholas William Black Elk, Sr., 1860s – 1950
As a youth, Black Elk received a great vision to serve Wakantanka, the Great Spirit, and he became a great healer among the Lakota people. But called to serve more, he embraced baptism and Jesus as his savior, which he saw as fulfilling their way of life. Thereafter, over 400 native people heeded his call and were baptized as well.
“The New Evangelization is accomplished with a smile, not a frown.”
—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and
President of the Black and Indian Mission Board.
Please join the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions in celebrating the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha on July 14th, patroness of the environment and ecology by joining us with your participation in this Novena.
Kateri, favored child and Lily of the Mohawks,
I come to seek your intercession in my present need:
(State your intention here…)
I admire the virtues which adorned your soul:
love of God and neighbor,
humility, obedience, patience,
Fr. Dan Wittrock, is the pastor of St. Augustine parish in Winnebago, in addition to St. Joseph in Walthill, Our Lady of Fatima in Macy and St. Cornelius in Homer all parishes in Nebraska. The parish has been busy with the annual harvest of Indian Corn which is a fundraiser to send parishioners and members of the Kateri Circle to the National Tekawitha Conference. The Indian Corn is considered a sacred plant by Native Americans. The tradition of planting and harvesting the crop at St. Augustine Indian Mission goes back many years.