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Kateri's Companions in Ministry is a lay mission association of women and men who discern a call to service among First Nations people in Canada. Our mission of hope and healing is expressed in culturally appropriate, holistic pastoral care. We accompany individuals, families and communities on their journeys of healing, growth and development.
Our way of life includes:
- an apostolic spirituality within the Roman Catholic Church, expressed in a variety of ministry and support services, showing forth the gospel by practical persevering love;
- following the leading of God's Spirit as discerned in community;
- celibate living (for single members and associates).
Two full-time resident volunteer staff assisted by full and part-time volunteers, provide spiritual, material, social, and counselling assistance to individuals and families. Sacramental preparation, counselling support in healing from abuse issues, as well as advocacy and referral services.
Nature of Work
Ministry in teams whenever possible, providing:
- spiritual, material, social, and counselling assistance to individuals and families
- sacramental preparation
- catechetics and catechist formation
- counselling support in healing from abuse issues
- advocacy and referral services
Our current projects, all in Prince Albert SK, include:
- Kateri House - an urban native ministry centre since 1983
- Second Harvest Circle - a program assisting families with food, clothing, and household goods
- Justice Ministry - counselling and practical support for offenders, ex-offenders, and their families
- Residence in Prince Albert, SK. Ministry in Prince Albert and/or surrounding small communities of Cree or Metis people.
- Possibility of residence and ministry in small northern First Nations communities, as part of orientation or as later placement.
- About 6,000 people served.
- We can send you a brochure and video about our work on request.
- Negotiable, minimum commitment of six months preferred
- Ongoing "intake"
- Optional discernment of long term mission vocation
- Adults at least 18 yrs. of age, free from family obligations.
- Commitment to hearing and living the Word of God.
- Maturity, common sense, a sense of humour, patience, flexibility, willingness to learn.
- Ability to take initiative, accept responsibility, work as part of a team.
- Familiarity with First Nations communities and/or willingness to learn such familiarity.
- Willingness to adapt to cross-cultural living and ministry.
- Talents and experience in any area of life and work can be put at the service of mission!
Preparation or training availability:
- Orientation is provided in the field
- For long term involvement, training for mission takes place primarily by working alongside an experienced missionary.
- Short courses are available locally or regionally.
- Each person's development is considered on the basis of his/her unique background and situation.
Last updated: 2005-08-26