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2 October 23, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY www.upcatholic.org Cretens Furniture Factory & Showroom 5954 Perkins 30.5 Road Perkins, MI 49872 (906) 359-4033 www.cretensfurniture.com A special thank you to Father Jamie, Monsignor Michael, and all the tremendous priests, deacons and women religious who have nourished our souls throughout the years! PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY: Different backgrounds, same mission to serve QUICK FACTS: BROTHER JOHN HASCALL, OFM CAP Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Attended St. Mary School through eighth grade Entered St. Lawrence High School Seminary, Mt. Calvary, Wis. Entered Capuchin Seminary of St. Mary, Crown Point, Ind. Ordained in 1967 Assigned to St. Ann, Bara- ga, and Holy Name of Jesus, Assinins, 1968-1986 Served at St. Charles Par- ish, Pryor, Mont., 1986-1990 Returned to St. Ann, Bara- ga, 1990-1998 Assigned to St. Isaac Jogues Mission, Sault Ste. Marie, and Holy Family Mission, Barbeau, 1998 to present President of the Tekak- witha International Confer- ence, 1986-89 Served on the board of directors at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Center for Indian Scholars Served as coordinator of Indigenous Religious and Clergy of North and South America. FROM PAGE 1 BROTHER JOHN HASCALL Brother Hascall, 74, a Native Ameri- can, was born in the Soo, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He was raised in the tribal traditions and speaks Ojibwa. He has taken his background and honed it as a weapon to protect his peoples rights as a nation and as Catholics. Brother Hascall notes that the Jesuits created a Native American parish in the Soo because the indigenous people were not allowed to worship in other Catholic churches. He said discrimina- tion then was so bad that they were not allowed to speak their language and some families changed their names to Spanish names so they could find work, since Indians were not hired. There were also problems in the Church itself. Tribal members who were raised in their traditions had a difficult time worshipping in the Catho- lic tradition. That continued into more modern times. I had gone through my whole life (before ordination) trying to pray the white way, Brother Hascall said. I had put aside our traditions for all those years. He said the pre-Vati- can II Church did not allow the tribes to use their traditional sweat lodges, pipes and dances to worship. After Vatican II, Brother Hascall, who is also a tribal medicine man, asked his Capuchin director if he could pray the Indian way and was given permission. Today, his mostly Native American parish refers to its lodge, rather than its church and incorporates its tradi- tional rites. Brother Hascall was also involved in political change for indigenous peoples throughout the U.S. He was in the American Indian Move- ment (AIM), participating in a march to Washington, D.C., and remains an AIM captain. While serving in Assinins, in 1995 and 1996, Brother Hascall gave sanctuary at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Church to members of the tribal Fight for Justice during a dis- pute over Keweenaw Bay Indian Com- munity council elections. Saying his stand was not political, he maintained sanctuary is a right, not a privilege. Brother Hascall also served as coordi- nator of the Indigenous Religious and Clergy of North and South America. He remains a board member, the last living member of the original board. I was on the road for 30 years, he said, praying, healing my people. Four times a year, I fasted for four days and nights, no food or water. And all this time, I was also taking care of my parishes. While he fought for his people, Brother Hascall also grew personally. I grew in understanding, he said. My elders in the Soo raised me in a certain way, that there is no division between the Indian way and the Christian way. He remains concerned that many indigenous people are leaving the Catholic Church. Right now, there is such a need among our people. Even the elders are leaving. Our view of God, the world, ecology are all different. There are 900 different languages and 1,000 different tribes. Our people are not being fed, and if theyre not being fed, they will leave. The gift I could glean from Vatican II is that the Church is not homoge- nized. Individual cultures of people are so important, he said. We wont get back to the sacredness of our people unless we get back to our traditional ways. Our medicine is Christs body and blood. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 GERARD LAUZON NORTHLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY Father Sebastian Kavumkal (right) looks on as Father Francis Dobrzenski blesses the Year of Faith cross at Holy Name of Mary Proto-Cathedral during the closing Mass of the Year of Faith in 2013. Brother John Hascall B th

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