Doctrine of Discovery

‘Doctrine of Discovery’ Focus of Workshop Oct. 20


Picture of woman floating over land with Europeans pushing Native Americans out.Sister Christin Tomy, OP, will facilitate “The ‘Doctrine of Discovery,’ the Catholic Church, and Native Americans: Exploring a Path toward Truth and Healing” from 7 to 8 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Oct. 20, via Zoom. In recent years, you may have heard of the “Doctrine of Discovery,” a series of 15th-century Papal statements that were used to justify European colonization of the Americas. But what is the “Doctrine of Discovery,” and does it really still matter today? What was its impact on Native American communities? What does an authentic Catholic faith ask of us in response to this history, and how might we support a path toward truth and healing? Sister Christin will help us examine these and similar questions, with the goal of deepening participants’ knowledge and commitment to justice for Native communities. For several years, her work has focused on the intersections between land, food, faith, and justice. She is currently working toward a Master of Divinity at Catholic Theological Union.

The fee is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is Oct. 19. Please register by contacting Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visiting our website at

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