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Source of Pride View Comments
By Jack Wintz, OFM

Brother Maynard Shurley, along with other Native Americans across our land, is delighted that Kateri Tekakwitha will be canonized this month.
When asked about the news of Kateri Tekakwitha’s October 21 canonization, Brother Maynard Shurley, OFM, replies, “It’s about time we have a Native American saint!” The 56-yearold Navajo friar saw the news as a great source of pride for all Native Americans when St. Anthony Messenger interviewed him in New Mexico last February.

Brother Maynard was born close to the Navajo reservation in a small town east of Gallup, New Mexico. He serves as the local minister or guardian of the small Franciscan friary at Tohatchi, New Mexico, on the reservation. He was recently elected to the provincial council of the Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brother Maynard speaks to the people in either Navajo or English, as needed. He walks easily between cultures.

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Jack Wintz, OFM, is senior editor of this publication and editor of Catholic Update. He is also author of Friar Jack’s E-spirations, a free newsletter accessible at FriarJack.org.

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