"Bishop James Wall and the Diocese of Gallup will unite in prayer for a series of healing

services. We extend our invitation to attend these healing services to all who have been affected by physical, emotional, or sexual abuse in the Diocese, especially our brothers and sisters who have survived abuse by members of the Church.

Families and friends of survivors, Catholics and community members who are struggling with forgiveness or who have been affected by the sin of abuse, and all people wishing to unite and seek healing; to them we extend the invitation to attend these services as well.

The healing services will consist of prayer, scripture reading, and a reflection from Bishop Wall. The Bishop will also be available after the service to privately meet with survivors, their families, and parishioners.

“To those survivors, I wish to express my sincere apologies, profound sorrow, and deepest gratitude. I am sorry, first and foremost, that you were abused and betrayed by members of the Church, and that the Diocese betrayed your trust. I am also grateful to you, for your courage in coming forward, in continuing to seek justice, even when that justice was not given for many years.” - Bishop James S. Wall

If you are unable to attend, please pray, first and foremost, for survivors of abuse, and love them as Christ calls us to love. Please also pray for our Church, that we act with justice, compassion, and vigilance in protecting children and vulnerable persons from abuse.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the healing service. Bishop Wall will be available to privately meet afterwards with survivors, their families, or parishioners, either together or in one-on-one discussions. This gathering after the healing service is not open to members of the press, in order to respect the privacy of survivors.

Location: St. Bonaventure School Chapel – 10 Lenore Ave, Thoreau, NM 87323

Date: June 29th, 2017

Time: 6 PM

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    We Work For Our Community

    St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School has provided love, support and hope for a better life to the Navajo (Diné) through the generosity of all those who have shared their prayers, resources or time.

    Together, we complete a 'Circle of Love' that bears witness to God's constant love and represents a future that offers great promise.

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    St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School is located in Thoreau, NM, a rural area on the southeastern edge of the Navajo Nation. Thoreau sits at an altitude of about 7,200 feet, five miles east of the continental divide and about 110 miles west of Albuquerque between Grants and Gallup. More than 80 percent of Thoreau's population of nearly 4,500 is Native American.The Navajo Nation covers an area of 27,000 square miles in three southwestern states (New Mexico, Arizona and Utah) and is three times larger than the state of Vermont. The eastern portion of the Navajo Nation is located in the vast, arid, high desert region of northwestern New Mexico.

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    St. Bonaventure Indian School is a private, Catholic school located at the southeastern edge of the Navajo Nation in Thoreau, NM. The school is one of the ministries of St. Bonaventure Indian Mission which serves the Diné of the area.

    The school enrolls approximately 200+ students annually from preschool through grade eight, more than 90 percent of whom live at, near or below the poverty level.

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St. Bonaventure Mission is deeply committed to increasing the affordable housing options for the Dine.


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It is also a constant concern for forty percent of Navajo households who rely on water hauling to meet their daily water needs for drinking, cooking, bathing and cleaning.


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St. Bonaventure Indian School is a private, Catholic school located at the southeastern edge of the Navajo Nation in Thoreau, NM. The school is one of the ministries of St. Bonaventure Indian Mission which serves the Diné of the area.

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25 Navarre Blvd W , Thoreau, NM 87323