Tekakwitha Indian Missions

Tekakwith Indian Missions

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate have ministered in the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, since 1923. We were invited to minister to the people on the White Earth Reservation in 1990.

Today the Missionary Oblates are responsible for six parishes on the large White Earth Reservation in remote northern Minnesota. More than half of the people live in poverty. With high poverty comes the problems of substance abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, food shortages and a high level of suicides.

An important part of our work is to help the Native American people retain their traditions and heritage. For many years they were taught to abandon their language and their rich customs. We Oblates incorporate Native American traditions into our liturgies, pastoral care and religious education.

We work closely with the tribal government which provides social services. Most importantly, we tend to the spiritual needs of those on the reservation. We celebrate Mass, administer the sacraments, visit the sick and elderly who are very isolated in winter and bring them Holy Communion, preside at many funerals, and offer counseling.

“Being present to the people is the most important thing we Oblates can do. The Oblates have a presence in the community and are here for everybody. In their hour of need, people know they can come to us regardless of where they are on their spiritual or life path.”
Fr. John Cox, OMI, Pastor of St. Ann, Waubun; St. Anne, Naytauwausch; and St. Theodore, Ponsford

Religious Education and Formation

The Missionary Oblates provide weekly religious education and faith formation to the young people in our six parishes through our Tekakwitha Center Religious Education program. The children gather at St. Ann Church in Waubun on Wednesdays. Grades pre-K through grade 4 meet immediately after school; grades 5 through high school meet at 6:00. All students receive a light supper because we know the children are hungry.

Caring for People Where They Are

Here are other ways the Missionary Oblates at the Tekakwitha Indian Mission are improving the lives of their parishioners and neighbors:

  • Hold youth rallies throughout the year to spark the faith in teenagers.
  • Partner with Minnesota FoodShare to provide food to needy families throughout the year.
  • Take part in Native American festivals and pow wows to better blend the Catholic faith with Native American spirituality.
  • Provide online liturgies for people who have trouble getting to their church.
  • Organize regular Rosary for Life prayer sessions to pray for the protection of the unborn.
  • Currently engaged in the National Eucharist Revival at all parishes, a movement to restore understanding and devotion to this great mystery.

Your generosity will help us continue reaching out to people right here in the United States who are working to build a better future for themselves and their children.