Tigua Native American Ministry Spotlight

July 23, 2019

The Tigua Native American Ministry strives to help the people of Ysleta del Sur preserve the Pueblo’s presence and identity, while respecting its diversity. The ministry fosters the continued growth and formation of the Tigua people, empowering them to live in harmony with their Catholic and Native spirituality. There are 2,218 tribal members enrolled; 1,570 tribal members live in the immediate El Paso area and serve the Tigua Indians at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church through preparation for religious events and the formation of lay ministers.

There are always enriching events you can be a part of, like Dia de San Santiago on July 25 and Dia de Santa Ana on July 26. The  Kateri Circle meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month to pray, study, and reflect on their faith. The circle is part of the National Tekakwitha Conference that exists to promote the life of St. Kateri Tekakwitha with ongoing evangelization for Catholic Native Americans. The St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day is celebrated every year on July 14 with a Mass followed by native dances at the Mission and Reservation hosted by the Kateri Circle. Six Kateri Circle members are attending the 80th Annual Tekakwitha Conference from July 17-21 in Sharonville, Ohio. 

As the Tigua Native American Ministry continues to grow and evolve, their overarching goal is to meet the growing needs of the Pueblo. The ministry collaborates with the Pueblo departments as often as possible to maintain their presence and continual service to the community. This is met through on-going evangelization, programs and activities to further their faith and to strengthen their mutual relationship. 

Progress, the Catholic Ministry Appeal supports the Tigua Native American Ministry. Their mission continues because of your generosity. If you would like more information about making a pledge or gift to support the Tigua Ministry through Progress, please contact the Catholic Foundation at 915-872-8412 or visit

Photo Credit: Joe Najera

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