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1656-1680
 
Kateri Tekakwitha (Mohawk-Algonquin, 1656-1680) lived a holy life in the Mohawk Nation of New York and later in Quebec, Canada. Soon after her death, devotions were initiated by local Indian and non-Indian Catholics who had known her. In 1676 she was baptized Catherine after St. Catherine of Siena, also a mystic.
1884 At the Third Plenary Council at Baltimore, the U.S. bishops signed the postulation brief to introduce the canonization causes to Rome for the Jesuit martyrs and St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
1885 From February to April in Canada and the United States, 906 native people supported St. Kateri Tekakwitha's canonization cause by signing letters of endorsement. The signers included Charles F. Finkbonner (Lummi ancestor of Jake Finkbonner), the holy man Black Elk (Oglala; baptized 1904), and 150 Lakota people from the Fort Totten and Fort Yates Indian Agencies in present-day North Dakota. These letters were added to the postulation brief, which the Vatican published with signatures in 1916.
1891-1900
 
 
 
Congregation of American Sisters: Under the leadership of Mother M. Catherine Sacred White Buffalo (Hunkpapa) and Rev. Francis M. Craft (Mohawk), several Hunkpapa women from the Standing Rock Reservation founded a religious community inspired by Blessed Kateri. Their community grew to 12 and served the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota. During the Spanish-American War, four of the American Sisters served as nurses in the U.S. Army in Cuba and reportedly they were the first American Indian women to serve officially in the Armed Forces of the United States.
1930 Pope Pius XII canonized the Jesuit martyrs.
1931 Since the Congregation of Rites had separated St. Kateri's cause from that of the Jesuit martyrs, her caused was reintroduced and a postulator was appointed.
1930s- Native Catholics awareness of Kateri Tekakwitha grew through books, sodalities, and school plays.
1939
 
 
1st Annual Meeting, Fargo, North Dakota: October 4-5. Topics: Purpose of conference, native language usage, and Catholic schools. 27 clergy and three native lay Catholics from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota convened at the invitation of Bishop Aloysius Muench. Thereafter they agreed to meet annually. Until 1976, these meetings served as exchanges of pastoral thoughts among missionaries.
1940
 
2nd Annual Meeting, Jamestown, North Dakota: Knights of Columbus Hall, October 15-16. Topics: Named in honor of Catherine (Kateri) Tekakwitha, Catholic schools, church census taking, and Catholic life on reservations. 
1941 3rd Annual Meeting, Chamberlain, South Dakota: St. Joseph's School, October 6-8. Topics: Catholic schools and alcoholism.
1942 4th Annual Meeting: [October 5-7?].
1943 5th Annual Meeting: [October 4-6?].
 
Pope Pius XII declared Catherine (Kateri) Tekakwitha a "Heroic venerable Servant of God" the first of three steps towards canonization (formal recognition) as a saint.
1944
6th Annual Meeting: [October 9-11?].
1945
No Meeting
1946
7th Annual Meeting, Stephan, South Dakota: Immaculate Conception Mission, October 7-9. Topics: Catholic schools, native vocations, and Catholic life on reservations.
1947
8th Annual Meeting, St. Michael, North Dakota: St. Michael's Mission, October 6-7. Topics: Catholic schools and Catholic life on reservations. 50 attendees; portrait in collection.
1948
9th Annual Meeting, Marty, South Dakota: St. Paul's Mission, October 4-6. Topics: Catholic life on reservations and movement of families to off-reservation towns. 
1949
10th Annual Meeting, Belcourt, North Dakota: St. Anne's Mission, October 10-12. Topics: Catholic schools, Catholic life on reservations, and cooperation with the United States government.
1950
11th Annual Meeting, Stephan, South Dakota: October 10-11. Topics: Catholic schools and Catholic life on reservations.
1951
12th Annual Meeting: [October 8-10?].
1952
13th Annual Meeting: [October 6-8?].
1953
14th Annual Meeting: [October 5-7?].
1954
15th Annual Meeting, Stephan, South Dakota: [October 4-6?].
1955
16th Annual Meeting, Marvin, South Dakota: Blue Cloud Abbey, [October 10-12?].
1956
 
17th Annual Meeting, Chamberlain, South Dakota: St. Joseph's School, October 8-10. Theme: Social Order and the Indian. Guest speakers: Dr. Ben Reifel (Brulé) and Robert Bennett, both of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.   
1957
 
18th Annual Meeting, Rapid City, South Dakota: Mother Butler Center, September 23-25. Topics: Catholic schools, youth and urban adjustment with reports from Los Angeles, Rapid City, Salt Lake City, and elsewhere. 38 attendees; portrait in collection.
1958
 
19th Annual Meeting, Stephan, South Dakota: Immaculate Conception School, September 22-24. Topics: Catholic schools, youth and adjustment to off-reservation life with reports from Los Angeles, Rapid City, Milwaukee, and elsewhere.
1959
20th Annual Meeting: [September 22-24?].
1960
21st Annual Meeting: [September 19-21?].
1961
22nd Annual Meeting, Pine Ridge, South Dakota: Holy Rosary Mission, [September 18-20?].
1962
23rd Annual Meeting, St. Michael, North Dakota: St. Michael's Mission, August 7-9. Theme: Indian Pastoral Conference. Topics: Sioux for Christ radio program. 17 attendees; portrait in collection. 
1963
 
 
24th Annual Meeting, Richardson, North Dakota: Assumption Abbey, August 6-8. Topics: Catholic schools and Catholic life on reservations and off-reservation relocation. Three Canadian missionaries attended, which led to the establishment of an international liaison. The conference also considered but refused to admit sisters as members. Conference secretary Reverend Patrick Moore, O.S.B. and his successors began compiling the conference archives, which were kept at St. Paul's Mission, Marty, South Dakota. 17 attendees; portrait in collection. 
1964
25th Annual Meeting, Chamberlain, South Dakota: St. Joseph's School, August 10-13. Topics: Catechetics and liturgy on the reservation and at reservation schools. 39 attendees from 14 states; portrait in Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records and online in Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Digital Image Collection.
1965
 
26th Annual Meeting, Marvin, South Dakota: Blue Cloud Abbey, August 9-11. Theme: What is the Goal of the Present Day Indian Mission? Topics: mission of church, contemporary native culture and sacred pipe. By 1965, native clergy such as Reverend John J. Brown, S.J. (Siksika [Blackfeet]), were members of the conference.
1966
27th Annual Meeting, Ashland, Montana: St. Labre Mission, August 8-10. Topics: mission of church, native vocations, and contemporary native culture and the sacred pipe.
1967
 
 
28th Annual Meeting, St. Norbert, Manitoba, Canada: Villa Marie Retreat House, August 7-9. Topics: mission of church, effective evangelization, liturgical adaptation with the sacred pipe and problems of alcoholism. This was the first meeting held in Canada and the first to involve Canadian scholars and missionaries. Native Catholics on some reservations now held Junior Tekakwitha Conference meetings.
1968
29th Annual Meeting, Marvin, South Dakota: Blue Cloud Abbey, August 9-11. Mr. John Williams (Dakota?) served as lay director of the conference.
1969
 
 
30th Annual Meeting, Marvin, South Dakota: Blue Cloud Abbey, August 4-6. Theme: The New Indian Generation. Topics: "Red power" with discussions led by Br. Edward M. Red Owl, O.S.B. The Tekakwitha Conference reorganized its governance with the position of Executive Secretary as the principal office. Brother Red Owl, O.S.B., served that year and distributed the conference's first newsletter.
1970
31st Annual Meeting, Marvin, South Dakota: Blue Cloud Abbey, August 10-12. Topics: Liturgical adaptation and lay diaconate.
1971
 
32nd Annual Meeting, Pine Ridge, South Dakota: Holy Rosary Mission, August 9-11. Theme: Present-Day Thrust of Indian People for Self-Determination. Topics: Native diaconate and conversion of mission schools to lay control with Birgil Kills Straight as keynote speaker.
 
Association of Native Religious and Clergy (ANRC) established, which is comprised of Native American Catholic clergy and religious from the United States and Canada. Since 1979, its annual gathering has been held nearby and just prior to the annual meeting of the Tekakwitha Conference. It is not incorporated. Many ANRC members have been active in both organizations.
1972
33rd Annual Meeting, Duluth, Minnesota: August 6-8. Theme: Indian Ministry Through Parish Councils. 
1973
34th Annual Meeting, Chamberlain, South Dakota: St. Joseph's School, August 6-8. Topics: Urban ministry and youth ministry; principal speakers: Rev. Ignatius M. Roppolo and Rev. Alvin A. Schexnaildre, both from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, re: team ministry and its effectiveness in serving minority peoples.
1974
35th Annual Meeting, Ashland, Montana: St. Labre Mission, [August 5-7?].
1975
36th Annual Meeting: [August 4-6?].
1976
37th Annual Meeting, Watertown, South Dakota: [August 9-11?].
1977
38th Annual Meeting, Rapid City, South Dakota: August [8-11?]. Theme: Re-evaluation of purpose.
  Monsignor Paul A. Lenz, secretary of the Commission for Catholic Missions Among the Colored People and the Indians (and director of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions), promised financial support for further development of the conference.
1978
 
 
39th Annual Meeting, Rapid City, South Dakota: St. Martin's Academy, August 7-10. Theme: Toward a Better Understanding of the Present and Future Direction of the Catholic Church with Native American Tribes. Highlights: Critical and provocative addresses provided by the principal speakers: Sr. M. Jose Hobday, S.S.S.F. (Seneca), Rupert Costo, editor of Wassaja, and R. Pierce Beaver, historian of Protestant Indian missions. 220 people attended.
1979 40th Annual Meeting, Yankton, South Dakota: Mount Marty College, August 6-9. Theme: Action Workshop. Highlights: Native American Catholics comprised 66 of the approximately 200 participants. They challenged the clergy to listen to the concerns of Native Americans. In response, the conference suspended its agenda and under the leadership of Harold Condon, Sr. M. Jose Hobday, S.S.S.F., and Bea Swanson, the “Circle of 66” Native Americans met with Monsignor Paul A. Lenz (Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions), Bishop Harold J. Dimmerling (Rapid City, South Dakota), Bishop Thomas Murphy (Great Falls, Montana), and Bishop William G. Connare (Greensburg, Pennsylvania) (Chair, U.S. Catholic Conference Mission Committee) to articulate their concerns, which largely pertained to the Catholic Church’s lack of sensitivity to the indigenous people of the United States and their heritage.
  The Tekakwitha Conference incorporated with a board of directors, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops appointed an Episcopal Moderator, and it became listed in The Official Catholic Directory.
1980
 
41st Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado: Loretto Heights College, August 4-7. Theme: Celebrating the Beatification and 300th Anniversary of Kateri Tekekwitha's Death. Highlights: 600 people attended, including 475 Native Americans who comprised a majority for the first time.
  The Tekakwitha Conference established a National Center, first in Bozeman, Montana and later in Great Falls, Montana. With encouragement from the National Center, members began to organize local affinity groups, which became known as "Kateri Circles."
  Pope John Paul II declared Kateri Tekakwitha to be "Blessed," the second of three steps toward canonization (formal recognition) as a saint.
1981
 
 
42nd Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico, August 3-7. Theme: Emerging Catholic Native American and Eskimo Church. Highlights: Tour of Santo Domingo Pueblo with liturgy by Archbishop Robert Sanchez and ceremonies by the Squash and Turquoise Moieties, August 4; and deacon communion service, August 5, which included liturgy with a Laguna eagle dance.
1982
 
 
 
43rd Annual Meeting, Spokane, Washington: Gonzaga University, August 9-13. Theme: A Spiritual Journey, A Healing Dialogue Between Native and Catholic Ways. Highlights: Archbishop Pio Laghi, U.S. Papal Nuncio, apologized to Native Americans for the wrongs caused by the Catholic Church’s evangelization. In addition to workshops at the annual meetings, the National Center began offering institutes and workshops at other times and places. Membership beyond the United States expanded significantly, principally into Canada. other times and places. Membership beyond the United States expanded significantly, principally into Canada.
1983
 
44th Annual Meeting, Collegeville, Minnesota: St. John's University and College of St. Benedict, August 10-14. Theme: Living in Our Creator's Love and Truth, A Healing--within ourselves, with one another, with Mother Earth, and with all creation. 
  Primarily to provide better representation for the now expanded national membership, the board of directors expanded from three to nine members. It included seven at-large members elected by the general membership and two board-appointed ex-officio members, the executive directors of the Tekakwitha Conference and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions.
1984
 
 
 
 
45th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix Plaza Civic Center, August 1-5. Theme: A Journey of Hope, Dancing and Singing in the Desert. Highlights: Opening ceremonies, August 1; The Lord's Prayer in Plains Indian sign language by youth group of St. Catherine's High School, Santa Fe, August 1 and 2; Kateri Song by Joseph W. Thomas and family (Pima), August 1; liturgy by Reverend Edmund Savilla (Isleta, Oneida, Quechan), August 2; Indian anthem in Plains Indian sign language by youth group of St. Catherine's High School, Santa Fe, and healing prayer service [with pipe ceremony?] by Rev. John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap., August 2; sunrise prayer service by Rev. Diego Mazon, O.F.M., August 3; liturgy [with pipe ceremony?] by Rev. John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap., and powwow and chicken scratch dance, August 4; and liturgy by Reverend Donald E. Pelotte, S.S.S., August 5. [Included liturgy with eagle dance (Laguna).]
1985
 
 
 
 
 
 
46th Annual Meeting, Syracuse, New York: LeMoyne College, August 7-11. Theme: A Sacred Journey: Walking in the Footsteps of Blessed Kateri. Highlights: Opening ceremonies, Kateri Song, St. Lucy's Parish, Syracuse, keynote address by Sister M. Jose Hobday, S.S.S.F., and healing prayer service, August 7; tours of National Tekakwitha Shrine, Fonda, with prayer drama, "The Life of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha," by Sarah Hassenplug (Mohawk), and Jesuit Martyrs Shrine, Auriesville with liturgy honoring Blessed Kateri and candlelight rosary procession in various languages, August 8; and tour of St. Regis Reserve, Kahnawaké, Quebec, with liturgies honoring Blessed Kateri by Rev. Georges Mathieu and Rev. Collins P. Jordan, August 9; morning prayer and round dance by Mescalero Apache, deacon communion service, native fashion show, and powwow; and sunrise liturgy by Rev. John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap., August 11. At nearby Auriesville, New York, Archbishop Pio Laghi prayed with the sacred pipe during Mass. This was interpreted that not only were native rituals appropriate within church ceremonies, but that the church was now open to embracing native peoples and learning from them.
1986
 
 
 
 
47th Annual Meeting, Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University, August 6-10. Theme: Eagle Wings- Mountain Peaks, Celebrating Faith and Unity. Highlights: Opening ceremonies with pipe ceremony by Burton Pretty on Top, keynote address by Rev. John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap., and prayer to Blessed Kateri in Plains Indian sign language by Delma Heavy Runner (Siksika [Blackfeet]) and Freda Heavy Runner (Siksika [Blackfeet]), August 6; deacon communion service and healing prayer service, August 7; sunrise liturgy [with pipe ceremony?] by Rev. John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap., and youth liturgy by Rev. Edmund Savilla, August 8; powwow, August 9; and morning prayers with sweet grass blessing in Salish [Flathead], drama of Jesuits coming to Bitteroot Valley, and Salish hymns, August 10.
1987
 
 
 
 
48th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona: Heard Museum and Veterans Memorial Coliseum, September 12-14. Theme: Unity in the Work of Service, Building up the Body of Christ. Highlights: Opening ceremonies with pipe ceremony by Burton Pretty on Top and Mountain Spirit ceremony with dancers and medicine man Sidney Baca (Mescalero Apache), August 12; liturgy by Bishop Donald E. Pelotte, S.S.S. and healing prayer service [with pipe ceremony?] by Rev. John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap., and sunrise prayer service [with pipe ceremony?] by Rev. John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap., liturgy honoring Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha by Bishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., and prayer celebration by Pope John Paul II with intertribal dancing and the Lord's Prayer in Plains Indian sign language and song led by Miles Brandon (Eskimo), August 14. [Included liturgies with pipe ceremonies and eagle dances (Laguna)?]
1988
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
49th Annual Meeting, Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University, August 10-14. Theme: Rising to New Life. Highlights: Opening ceremonies and keynote panel, August 10; liturgy Bishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. and healing prayer service [with pipe ceremony?] by Rev. John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap., August 11; sunrise liturgy [with pipe ceremony?] by Reverend John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap., and prayers for world peace with candlelight procession, August 12; powwow, August 13; and water ceremony and liturgy by Bishop Donald E. Pelotte, S.S.S., August 14. The Tekakwitha Conference wrote a vision statement through small group discussion and large group consensus under the leadership of Rev. Michael Galvan, President of the Board of Directors. It identified five problems and five strengths, which needed development. The problems: 1. insufficient religious education programs and Catholic schools; 2. inadequate numbers of teachers; 3. alcoholism and substance abuse; 4. insufficient youth involvement; 5. lack of unity and low self-esteem. The strengths: 1. native spirituality; 2. unity; 3. strong family-centeredness; 4. involvement by youth; and 5. lay, religious, and ordained community ministries. Since then, there has been regular lay involvement in conference administration and workshops on parenting and family life and alcoholism and drug abuse.
  Native American Deacons Association (NADA) founded in Great Falls, Montana. Its is to serve as a resource and support group for Native Americans and the Church. The Association is not incorporated and meets annually during the Tekakwitha Conference. Many NADA members have been active in both organizations. 
1989
 
 
 
 
 
50th Annual Meeting, Fargo, North Dakota: North Dakota State University, August 2-6. Theme: Walking the Sacred Circle with Jesus Christ. Highlights: Opening ceremonies with pipe ceremony and dances honoring Blessed Kateri (Dakota, Mohawk, Ojibwa, Hupa), August, 2; rosary and song coordinated by Phillipia Jose (Tohono O'odham) and William Antoine (Tohono O'odham), August 2-5; keynote address by Cardinal Frances Arinze, August 3; sunrise liturgy by Reverend Collins P. Jordan, celebration of song, dance and poetry by Cochiti Pueblo group and St. Catherine's Indian Choir (Dakota), and healing prayer service by Deacon Victor Bull Bear and Deacon Harold Congdon, August 4; powwow, August 5; and liturgy by Cardinal Frances Arinze, August 6. [Included liturgy with eagle dance (Laguna).] In 1989, a lay Native Catholic director was appointed as the first Native American director and the Conference is awarded the Pope Paul VI Award of the N.C.C.E. (National Council of Catholic Evangelization).
1990
 
 
 
51st Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona: Tucson Convention Center, August 1-5. Theme: Blessed Kateri: On New Horizons. Highlights: Opening ceremonies, August, 1; Kateri Life Story (Mohawk group), keynote address by Rev. Michael Galvan, liturgy by Bishop Donald E. Pelotte, S.S.S. (Abenaki), and celebration at San Xavier Mission, August 2; liturgy [with pipe ceremony?] by Rev. John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap. and healing prayer service, August 3; sunrise prayer service with Navajo blessing and powwow, August 4; and liturgy by Bishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., August 5. [Included liturgy with eagle dance (Laguna).] 33 local Kateri Circles were registered with the Tekakwitha Conference National Office.
  Annual regional meetings: South Dakota established its first statewide "Mini-Tekakwitha Conference on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Other states and regions established annual local conferences elsewhere.
1991
 
 
 
52nd Annual Meeting, Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma, August 7-11. Theme: Gathered in Unity and Love through Blessed Kateri. Highlights: Opening ceremonies, August, 7; keynote address, story of Blessed Kateri by Mohawk group, liturgy honoring Blessed Kateri, and healing prayer service, August 8; liturgy honoring youth and elders, August 9; sunrise prayer service, liturgy honoring all participants, and powwow, August 10. [Included liturgies with Lord's Prayer in Plains Indian sign language, eagle dance (Laguna), and pipe ceremony by Burton Pretty on Top. 130 adult and youth Kateri Circles were registered with the National Center. Devotions to Kateri Tekakwitha had spread to Native South Americans. 
1992
 
 
 
53rd Annual Meeting, Orono, Maine: University of Maine, August 5-9. Theme: Sharing our Sacred Journey. Highlights: Opening ceremonies, August 5; sunrise liturgy with pipe ceremony at Mount Cadillac by Rev. John S. Hascall, O.F.M. Cap., story of Blessed Kateri by Mohawk group, keynote address by Michele Attean (Penobscot) and Graydon Nicholas (Maliseet), tour of Indian Island Reservation with blessing by crown dancers (Apache); sunrise prayer services, August 7-9; morning prayers with pipe ceremony by Burton Pretty on Top, keynote address by Chet Eagleman (Ojibwa), and healing prayer service, August 7; powwow, August 8; and blessing, August 9. [Included liturgy with eagle dance (Laguna).]
1993
 
 
 
 
54th Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington: University of Washington, August 4-8. Theme: Re-awaking the Spirit Within: By Remembering, Reconciling, and Recommitting Ourselves as the People. Highlights: Opening ceremonies with pipe ceremony and Eskimo dances, August 4; tour of Swinomish and Lummi Reservation with Lummi dances, canoe races, and music, August 5; sunrise prayer service and healing prayer service, August 6; sunrise prayer service, story of Blessed Kateri by Daniels (Mohawk), liturgy by Bishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., and powwow, August 9; and morning prayers and blessing at Snoqualmie Falls by Kenny Moses (Snoqualmie). An Outreach Ministry Program among urban Native American Catholics was begun by the Tekakwitha Conference National Center.
 
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops organized a Committee on Native American Catholics, which began offering training programs in cooperation with the Tekakwitha Conference National Center. 
1994
 
 
55th Annual Meeting, Bemidgi, Minnesota: Bemidgi State University, August 3-7. Theme: Living Water. Source of Peace. Renewal of Creation. Highlights: Opening ceremonies with pipe ceremony by Deacon Don Goodwin, August 3; Gospel music, August 3-5; sunrise liturgy at Itasca State Park (headwaters of Mississippi River) by Rev. Diego Mazon, O.F.M., keynote address by Darrell Auginash (Ojibwa), August 4; sunrise prayer service with pipe ceremony and tour of Red Lake Reservation, August 5; powwow, August 6; and blessing, August 7.
1995
 
 
56th Annual Meeting, Potsdam, New York: Clarkson University, August 2-6. Theme: Sharing our Spirit and Love in Kateri's Country. Highlights: Opening ceremonies, August 2; sunrise prayer services, August 3-5; healing prayer service, August 3; pilgrimage to Blessed Kateri's tomb, St. Francis-Xavier Church, Kahnawaké Reserve, Quebec, August 4; tour of St. Regis Reserve with powwow, August 5.
1996
 
 
57th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico, August 7-11. Theme: A Closer Walk with Jesus and Kateri. Highlights: Opening ceremonies, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. Opening ceremonies, August 7; sunrise prayer services, August 8-10; story of Blessed Kateri, tour of Laguna Pueblo with Laguna dances, liturgy by Bishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., and powwow, August 10. 
1997
 
 
58th Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Marquette University, August 6-10. Theme: Building Bridges, All Nations United through Faith. Highlights: Opening ceremonies and keynote address by Reverend Ben Bushyhead (Methodist), August, 6; sunrise prayer service on Lake Michigan, August 7; sunrise prayer services, August 8-9; healing prayer service, August 8; liturgy by Bishop Donald E. Pelotte, S.S.S., and powwow, August 9; and prayer service, August 10.
1998
59th Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee: University of Memphis, August 5-9. Theme: Kateri's Miracle, Completing the Circle, People of Christ Uniting in the Year of the Holy Spirit.
1999
60th Annual Meeting, Spokane, Washington: Gonzaga University, August 4-8. Theme: Many Pathways to Our Creator -- One Love. 
2000
61st Annual Meeting, Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August 2-6. Theme: Kateri 2000, Walking through the Heartland. 
2001
62nd Annual Meeting, San Diego, California: Point Loma Nazarene University, July 18-22. Theme: Coast to Coast We Gather under the Cross with Blessed Kateri.
2002
63rd Annual Meeting, Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University, July 31-August 4. Theme: The Spirit of Kateri in the Land of the Great Lakes, Blessing, Cleansing, Living and Loving.
2003
64th Annual Meeting, Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Augustana College, July 30-August 3. Theme: We are All Related through Kateri and Share our Culture and Faith on the Great Plains.
2004
 
65th Annual Meeting, El Paso, Texas: El Paso Convention Center, July 28-August 1. Theme: The People of the Sun gather with All Nations to reunite with Blessed Kateri in Prayer, Renewal and Fellowship. Pilgrimage to Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, July 30.
2005
66th Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona: Tucson Convention Center, July 20-July 24. Theme: Blessed Kateri, Bearer of Spiritual Rain from the Mountains to the Desert to all Nations. Pilgrimage to San Xavier Mission, July 22. 
2006 On March 4, Sister Kateri Mitchell went to Seattle to prepare for the annual meeting to be held in Seattle. Due to a special request, she first visited Jacob Finkbonner at Seattle Children's Hospital who was gravely ill with a strep A infection on his face. While at his bedside Sister Kateri and Jake's mother prayed to Kateri Tekakwitha for her intercession while pressing a her first-class relic to his body. While in surgery minutes later, hospital staff removed Jake's bandages and discovered that he was disease free. Yet on the previous day when they applied the bandages, the upper half of his body was disease covered.
67th Annual Meeting, Burien (Seattle), Washington: John F. Kennedy High School, July 19-23. Theme: We raise our Hands in Honor of Blessed Kateri, We hold up our Youth on the Wings of Eagles. Pilgrimage to Lummi Reservation, July 21, which included an announcement on the investigation of Jacob Finkbonner's miraculous healing. 
2007
68th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland: June 27-July 1. Theme: Harmony, Peace, Justice through Blessed Kateri. Pilgrimage to Immaculate Conception Basilica, June 30. 
2008
69th Annual Meeting, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Mayfield Inn and Suites, July 2-6. Theme: One Heart, All Nations. Pilgrimage to Shrine at Lac Sainte Anne, July 5.
2009
70th Annual Meeting, Raleigh, North Carolina: Raleigh Convention Center, July 1-5. Theme: With Kateri We spread God's Word.
2010
71st Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico: Albuquerque Convention Center, July 28-August 1. Theme: We Walk in Beauty with Kateri in the Land of Enchantment.
2011
72nd Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona: Tucson Convention Center, July 20-July 24. Theme: The Grand Canyon State is Enriched by Kateri Tekakwitha. Pilgrimage to San Xavier Mission, July 22. 
  On December 17, Pope Benedict approved the 2006 instantaneous healing of Jacob Finkbonner as a first class miracle attributed to Kateri Tekakwitha's intercession.
2012
73rd Annual Meeting, Albany, New York: July 18-22. Theme: Walking in Her Footsteps in Kateri Country. Pilgrimage to Auriesville and Fonda shrines, July 21.
  Pope Benedict XVI canonized Kateri Tekakwitha as a saint in heaven on October 21.
2013
74th Annual Meeting, El Paso, Texas: July 17-21. Theme: Celebrating Faith, Culture and Tradition. Pilgrimage to Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, July 20.
  The Tekakwitha Conference purchased and relocated to a new National Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.
2014
75th Annual Meeting, Fargo, North Dakota: July 23-27. Theme: To Walk Humbly.
2015 76th Annual Meeting, Alexandria, Louisiana:
2016 77th Annual Meeting, San Mateo County, California:
2017 78th Annual Meeting, Rapid City, South Dakota:
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