Walking Together: Twin Cities

Walking Together: Twin Cities

Friday, September 30, 2022 - 6:00pm

Walking Together: Twin Cities

A Pilgrimage with Servant of God Black Elk and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

September 30 and October 1


Join together with other faithful people in a local pilgrimage to pray for and learn about the effects of the Residential Boarding Schools for American Indians. Register to join in one or all facets of the pilgrimage.

To prepare for this Pigrimage experience, consider reading the article from Church Life Journal, Guilt, Responsibility, and Purgatory: How traditional Catholic Teaching Can Help Us Think about Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations

  • Vigil Penitential Watch Fire at Gichitwaa Kateri Catholic Church
    • 6:00pm-6:00am, Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1
      • Please register for one hour shifts with the REGISTER Button below.
        • 6pm Prayer Guide: Shawn Phillips, Lay Director Office of Indian Ministry: Introduction to Boarding Schools in relation to American Indians and the Catholic Church.
        • 9pm Prayer Guide: Fr. Stan Sledz, Sacramental Provider at Gichitwaa Kateri, A look at lamenting.
        • 12:00am Pryaer Guide: Maka Black Elk, Director for Truth and Healing at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, SD, (Lakota) He will speak to the current truth and healing process that he is participating in.
        • 3:00am Prayer Guide: Robert Haarman, Administrative Intern, Gichitwaa Kateri, Allies in the path of healing
        • 6:00am Prayer Guide: Gypsy Lemoyne, Parishioner at Gichitwaa Kateri, (Dahkota) Healing Circles and closing the watchfire.
    • Join us for our Vigil Penitential Watch fire about the Church’s history with American Indians and boarding Schools. The US Government and Christian churches were involved in forced assimilation of American Indians during the 19th and early 20th Century as well.  We will meet at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri, 3045 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN.

    • September 30 is Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation observation Day. This day, called “Orange Shirt Day,” was created as an opportunity to discuss the effects of residential schools and their legacy. It honors the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, celebrates resilience, and affirms a commitment that every child matters.

    • Our prayers go out to all those harmed, the intergenerational trauma carried through the families and the destruction of culture and language over the decades. 






  • Prayer Service, Pilgrimage Walk, and Lunch (Please register with the REGISTER Button below)
    • We will gather together at The Basilica of Saint Mary at 9:00am on Saturday, October 1st for an opening prayer, gathering around a new icon of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. We will begin our prayerful pilgrimage by bringing our intentions regarding the trauma of the residential boarding schools for American Indians, lifting them to God through the intercession of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and Servant of God Black Elk. 
    • We will then walk together as pilgrims 2.5 miles to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, bringing our intentions of this penitential pilgrimage.
    • We will conclude with a meal and time for fellowship at Cristo Rey Jesuit Hight School at 12pm after an address from a Native speaker and brief remarks from Archbishop Hebda. Archbishop Hebda will also lead our closing prayer service.  
      • Lunch will be provided by the Native-owned Pow Wow Grounds coffee shop.
      • Buses will shuttle pilgrims back to the Basilica starting at 12:00pm and making a last trip at approximately 1:00pm.







Limited number of T-shirts (sizes M, L XL and XXL) will be available for all those who attend—on a first come first serve basis. 

  • September 30th is Orange Shirt Day. Consider wearing an Orange Shirt or coming early to receive a free t-shirt. 

For more information, contact Janice.