A Path to Forgiveness and Healing

Posted on July 18, 2022 in: General News

A Path to Forgiveness and Healing

Knights discuss faith and experience of Indigenous Catholics in anticipation of visit of Pope Francis to Canada


recent episode of The W, a conversation series of the Windrider Institute, invites audiences to learn from the Native American experience and recognize the necessity of empathy and grace in healing.

Award-winning film producer Megan Harrington interviewed Supreme Secretary Patrick Mason, a member of the Osage Nation, and Father Maurice Henry Sands, a Native American belonging to the Ojibwe, Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes, about Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholics, a 58-minute documentary series that was produced by the Knights of Columbus in 2021.

In addition to the film, which focuses on the history and spiritual and cultural gifts of Indigenous Catholics, they discussed  the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Canada and its significance for First Nation and Native American Catholics.

The executive director of the Black and Indian Mission Office in Washington, D.C., and a longtime Knight, Father Sands grew up on Walpole Island (Bkejwanong First Nation), on the border between Michigan and Ontario.

The Windrider Institute creates, curates and responds to film and visual media, sparking thoughtful conversation around the most significant topics in our culture. Windrider provides year-round film and conversation content to a growing network of exceptional young leaders and thinkers from more than 40 distinguished colleges and study centers around the United States.

This episode of The W was created in partnership with the Knights of Columbus, which joined Windrider as a presenting sponsor for 2021-2022.

Click here to watch the conversation.

Watch Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholics here.

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