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National Native American Catholic Conference Scheduled for Raleigh

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Raleigh will serve as host city for the 70th Annual Tekakawitha Conference to be held at the Raleigh Convention Center from July 1-4. The gathering is expected to attract approximately 700 Native American Catholics and friends, representing more than 100 tribes.

The Tekakawitha Conference, founded in 1939, is made up of nearly one-half million Native Catholic members, from North America and other countries throughout the world. The organization is under the patronage of Blessed Kateri Tekakawitha, a 17th century Native American woman born near Auriesville, New York, who is honored by the Church as the patroness of ecology and the environment.

The theme of this year’s conference is “With Kateri We Spread God’s Word.” The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate Mass Thursday, July 2, at 4:00 p.m. The Most Reverend Charles Chaput, OFM, Cap, Archbishop of Denver and a Native American, will attend the four day gathering and celebrate Mass at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 3.

Additional information on the Tekakawitha Conference and the annual gathering in Raleigh is available by visiting http://groups.creighton.edu/tekconf/index.html.

(More information on the conference is forthcoming).