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placeholder July 11, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA

A painting portraying St. Kateri Tekakwitha is seen at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, New York.
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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.

"Saint Kateri — The Bridge Between Our Faith and Our Traditions" is the theme for the conference, which bears the name of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American woman to be canonized.

Tekakwitha Conference
When: July 20-26
Where: Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport, Burlingame
For More Information: www.tekconf.org
Among the presenters at the workshops during the conference will be Andrew Galvan and Vincent Medina of the Ohlone tribe. Medina, who learned the Chochenyo language and proclaimed the first reading in that language at the canonization Mass of St. Junipero Serra last September, will speak about language survival and revitalization.

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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