Indigenous Pastoral Leadership Formation Program 

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Kateri Native Ministry

July 30th to August 3, 2018

This program is a collaborative effort between Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa and Saint Paul University through the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality and the Centre for Religious Education and Catechesis. The purpose of the program is to support the development of Indigenous persons to exercise pastoral leadership and ministry in their home communities. Non-Indigenous people who serve or who would like to serve in Indigenous communities are also welcome to join us.

This year’s theme “I GIVE YOU MY WORD” speaks to the power of the W/word in our relations with self, others, Creation and God. It is our hope that the strengthening of the connections between Indigenous teachings and Christian teachings will empower Indigenous pastoral leaders and continue to promote healing and reconciliation for all who are involved in this program.


Following documents uploaded to the General Information page:

Program brochure

Registration Form 

2017 Newsletter 

This program is for Indigenous people who are interested in education and faith formation for pastoral ministry. Non-Indigenous persons who are serving in Indigenous communities are also welcome to join us. Bursaries are available for covering registration fees. Limited spaces are available.

Please register by May 15th, 2018

The Program begins at July 30th at 8 a.m. and ends on August 3rd at 2 p.m. Holding together faith and culture, the program begins with two days on the land at Camp Natagaama (Fitzroy Harbour) where we experience and discuss traditional ceremony. Participants will be bused to the land and return to the University campus for dinner. These two days are followed by three days on the Saint Paul University campus in Ottawa. Throughout the week, participants explore connections between Native spiritualities and Christian faith through ceremony, teachings, and conversation. Topics include faith and culture, community and church life, the Bible as the Living Word, and the Sunday Lectionary.  Certificates of attestation are given to participants who complete the week-long program. 



The program is structured as follows:

Monday:  Morning and afternoon: 
Land-based learning:  Ceremonies, traditional teachings and Sharing Circle

Morning: Faith and culture: Ceremony and sacraments
Afternoon:  Engaging the Indigenous community: Moving from stranger to friend 

Morning:  Our Living Church
Afternoon:  Our Indigenous foundations for the Living Church 

Morning:  The Bible: Living Word 
Afternoon:  The Sunday Lectionary  

Sharing Circle 
Closing Mass 


For more information, contact:

Lorraine Ste-Marie
Saint Paul University

613-236-1393, ext 2494


Donna Naughton
Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa


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