Black and Indian Mission Office

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2021 H Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006-4207

(202) 331-8542
Board of Directors

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, President

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap

Archbishop William E. Lori

Reverend Maurice Henry Sands, Executive Director
Suggested Pastoral Letter for the Black and Indian Mission Collection 2017




Dear _______________________,
Pope Francis has challenged us to “Be Shepherds…, in the midst of your people like Jesus the Good Shepherd.”
Soon I will encourage you as Shepherd of your parish to participate in the annual Black and Indian Mission Collection.
This Collection has for the last 131 years, changed the landscape of evangelization and education efforts for Native Americans, Alaskan Americans and African Americans throughout the United States. Our financial support of the Collection is the mechanism that affects the Church’s evangelization efforts. We all agree that never have the needs for the Native Americans, Alaskan Americans and African Americans communities been so great. History tells us that lasting change to a community can all come through faith, hope and charity.
Continue to support this mission of faith and hope by your most generous charity.
Historically, evangelization efforts by Churches and schools among African Americans, Native Americans,

Eskimo and Aleut communities, are funded by the Collection’s grant awards, which are instrumental in the building of their Christian communities and sharing the joy of knowing Christ. Your support has helped educate African American and Native American seminarians for priestly service to our Catholic communities. It has also helped begin a new religious community for service to Native Americans in Arizona. Just as the Jubilee Year of Mercy has opened the door to the faithful to experience God’s unfathomable mercy, your financial commitment opens the door of faith to these Americans.

Education is fundamental in changing the mores and morals of a society. Your monetary assistance provides opportunities for a solid Catholic education in our Indian and Black Catholic mission schools, allows the purchase of catechetical materials and bibles, and provides for the formation of lay leadership, to name just a few ways the collection supports evangelization.
On March 5, 2017 [or other date in your (arch)diocese] all will be asked to participate in the Black and Indian Mission Collection. Together we build up the Church and announce the Good News of Jesus Christ. I ask everyone in the (Arch)Diocese of _________ to make a sacrificial gift to the 2017 Black and Indian Mission Collection. Your generosity to this collection reflects the depths of your faith and your willingness to help our brothers and sisters in need; it is an opportunity to evangelize and further the missionary cause of bringing the Gospel to our African American and Native American family.
Again this year, the Black and Indian Mission Office requests that the completed offering envelopes, or a listing of donor contact information, be forwarded to their office in Washington, DC. Learn more about the Black and Indian Missions at Help us invite all peoples to open the door of faith and begin the journey of a lifetime!
Sincerely yours in Christ,

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