Connolly: "History"

"Louise Siuwheem"

A Ministry of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province With Native American Peoples of the Pacific Northwest


"Our heritage shows us that great things are possible" (A Meditation on Our Response to the Call of Christ, 18)

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Click here for a link to a multimedia Site with a piece about a Mass celebrated at St. Anne's Mission on 11 May 2008.  One speaker in the piece is Fr. Patrick Twohy, S.J.

A Prayer for the World

Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds, held and nurtured over generations.

Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect.

Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows. Let the warmth of the sun heal us, wherever we are broken. Let it burn away the fog, so that we can see each other clearly. So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin color.

Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness, so that we can share the joys, and feel the sorrows of our neighbors.

Let the earth be nourished by rain, and bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty. And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach to heaven. Amen.

Prayer by Ted Brunoe, Warm Springs, at the wake for Mark Nicodemus--compliments of Fr. Thomas Connolly, S.J., Pastor of Sacred Heart Mission, DeSmet, ID.

An Indian Prayer

O' Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me! I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red & purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy--myself. Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

St. Ignatius Mission, Montana

"Our loved ones are not gone. They glow on the other side. We have more relatives on the other side than we do on this side."

Bertha Dan [Qual-so-litza], Swinomish. Quoted from Patrick J. Twohy, Beginnings, p. 38.

"Pray that God will give to you good hands, good eyes, good ears, so that you will truly be able to feed, to see, to hear. Only then will you be able to understand the spiritual ways of the Indian People."

Velma Cayou, Swinomish. Quoted from Patrick J. Twohy, Beginnings, p. 22.

St. Andrew Mission School Cross

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