Q&A with Tekakwitha Conference
The Tekakwitha Conference is a Catholic non-profit that, since 1939, has been an advocate for stronger relations between communities of indigenous people and the Catholic Church. Throughout its history it has published numerous catechetical resources and offers ongoing support for the many evangelization efforts to the benefit of Native American communities. The organization serves as a clearing house for curriculum and materials that aim to reinforce Catholic identity while affirming pride in the cultures and spiritual traditions of North America’s First Nations peoples. The year-round efforts of the Tekakwitha conference culminate in its annual Summer conference.
How has being a member of NFCYM helped your organization and its ministry to young people?
Being a part of NFCYM has given us the opportunity to learn from and exchange ideas with other organizations engaged in outreach with youth from underrepresented populations. Its resources have equipped our volunteers for ministry. Most importantly, membership has shown us that we are not alone in the work that we do to equip the young Church to follow wholeheartedly after Jesus Christ.
NFCYM members can ask us about…
Our organization can serve as a resource for those parishes and dioceses who serve a predominantly Native American population or exist where a significant Native American demographic may be present. We offer sacramental curriculum guides, inspiring books, and devotional items. Moreover, we can answer basic questions and consult on ministry and accompaniment with Native American youth.
Anything else you want to mention?
The Tekakwitha Conference is an all-ages organization, which means we serve youth as well as young adults, adults, and even seniors. While our ministry is geared toward the Native American and Alaskan Native population, anyone who might be interested in the lives of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Nicholas Black Elk, the witness of Martyrs of La Florida, or any number of aspects concerning the intersectionality between “being Catholic” and “being Native” is invited to learn more about us at tekconf.org