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Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholicism

The Knight of Columbus announced that beginning May 16, 2021 Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholicism will air on ABC TV affiliated stations through a partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC). ICRF members Fr. Henry Sands, Graydon Nicholas, Patrick Mason, and Damian Costello appear in the film. Enduring Faith will air primarily on Sundays and air times are posted here:

"It is impossible to fully understand what it means to be a Catholic in North America without a sincere appreciation for the Catholic tradition among so many native tribes. Few people realize that Indigenous communities throughout the continent were sincerely practicing their faith centuries before the founding of the United States. Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholicism dives deep into the rich contribution of Native American Catholics. Discover how in the 16th century, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to an Indigenous elder as a mestiza woman and generated the largest conversion in world history. Hear the inspiring story of the first canonized Native American saint, St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Learn about a 20th century Lakota healer, Nicholas Black Elk, whose cause for canonization is currently open in Rome. This film will inspire in viewers a deeper appreciation for the spiritual and cultural gifts of Native American Catholics, a greater awareness of the wrongs inflicted upon them by the unjust policies of the British and American governments, and a sense of hope at how Native American Catholics continue to live out their faith in fully enculturated ways today. Above all, it offers a missing piece to the greater story of Catholicism in America and a beautiful example of how Christ reveals himself through the uniqueness of every culture."

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