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Documentary Highlights the “Enduring Faith” of the Native American Community 2

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Documentary Highlights the “Enduring Faith” of the Native American Community

A documentary film on the faith, perseverance and inspiring example of Indigenous Peoples across North America is now available for all to watch at: www.kofc.org/enduringfaith

The documentary aired on ABC affiliated stations through a partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC) earlier this year.

Indigenous communities across North America have a rich and vibrant testimony to share – both past and present – including the witness of their faith. Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholics dives deep into the rich contributions of Native Americans in the tapestry of the Catholic faith. 

Produced by the Knights of Columbus as part of its Faith Formation and Native Solidarity initiatives, the 60-minute documentary offers a missing piece to the greater story of Catholicism on the continent and a beautiful example of how Christ reveals himself through the uniqueness of every culture.

The documentary begins in the 16th century, when Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appeared to St. Juan Diego as a mestiza woman. The film goes on to explore the life of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first canonized Native American saint, and the 20th-century Lakota healer, Nicholas Black Elk, whose cause for canonization is currently open in Rome.  

The film examines the spiritual and cultural gifts of Native American Catholics, the wrongs inflicted upon them by the often unjust policies of the British and American governments, and how Native American Catholics today continue to live out their faith in fully inculturated ways.

The Knights of Columbus Native Solidarity initiative began with a partnership between the Knights, the Diocese of Gallup, N.M., and the Southwest Indian Foundation to build a shrine to St. Kateri in the Southwest United States. As the Covid-19 pandemic struck, as part of Native Solidarity and the Order's "Leave No Neighbor Behind", Knights brought necessities to thousands of native and indigenous communities in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Hawaii that were struck particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Knights has also collaborated with Life is Sacred, a native-run non-profit committed to building a culture of life and a civilization of love, and the Black and Indian Mission Office.

About the Knights of Columbus

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