Message from CCCB President to participants in the Aboriginal Pastoral Ministry Leadership ProgramFriday, May 30, 2014
For a third year, St. Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa, in partnership with Saint Paul University, Ottawa, has offered the Aboriginal Pastoral Ministry Leadership Program. It was held May 25-30, 2014, and is offered with the generous contribution of the university’s School of Practical Theology, in collaboration with the Centre for Contextual Learning and Spirituality, and the Centre for Religious Education and Catechetics. The program has been developed to help form Aboriginal people for pastoral ministry within their own communities. The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), together with the President of the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council (CCAC), Mrs. Melody McLeod, issued a message for the program participants. It was delivered and read by a member of the CCAC.
In their joint message, Archbishop Durocher and Mrs. McLeod reminded the participants that “All of us, Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals, have celebrated the canonizations of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, whom many of us refer to affectionately as the ‘Protectress of Canada’; Saint François de Laval, the first Bishop of New France who struggled to defend Indigenous People from exploitation; Saint Marie of the Incarnation, who learned three Aboriginal languages to help educate Indigenous children; and Saint John Paul II, who made a special trip to Canada in 1987 to visit with Indigenous People.”