|July 11, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 13 • Oakland, CA|
Native American Catholics gather
The annual gathering of Native American Catholics comes to the Bay Area this month, as the Tekakwitha Conference, which draws participants from all over the country, begins four days of liturgies, keynote addresses, workshops and social events.
Galvan, who serves as curator of Mission Dolores, will join Medina for workshops on the history of the Ohlone people and topics regarding the California missions.
Conference organizers visited Mission Dolores last month to prepare for the events. Galvan showed them the one-room museum behind the old mission church.
Galvan showed his guests the artifacts on display, noting the delicate balance of church history and history of the people who built the mission, who are documented in the church records.
"We know their names," he said, as he led the guests through the mission cemetery. "We know their stories."
Among those buried in the cemetery as Galvan's own ancestors, Poylemja, who became Faustino at Baptism, and Jocbocme, who became Obulinda.
The conference organizers visited the Old Mission church, as well as the neighboring Basilica, where St. John Paul II celebrated Mass during his 1987 visit to San Francisco.
It is in the basilica that the conference's closing liturgy will be celebrated July 23.
Greg Williams, president of the Kateri Circle of Central California, called this gathering, in the Year of Mercy, "a unique time in our ministry," which stretches back 77 years.
It offers an opportunity, he said, "to learn how to forgive, let go of the bitterness, so our next generation can prosper."
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