What difference does our ministry make? We are there in the midst of life’s most difficult moments, in the middle of the inner city helping people navigate their lives in a harsh and unforgiving world. We may not be cited by local news agencies, but without us a whole segment of our urban world will be left to struggle on their own without a face of the Catholic Church. I believe that we are exactly where Pope Francis wants the Church to be present.
So what are our priorities? Meeting the needs that come to us and nurturing a fragile parish toward health and wholeness, rooted in faith. It is the life of the community at the margins where some days there isn’t a lot to be hopeful about. We are there to believe in the American Indian community, to respect their efforts and to learn from generations of their wisdom, to see a world that is invisible to the majority populations and to represent the Roman Catholic Church that will listen and come to the aid of people who seek us out.