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The ‘Doctrine of Discovery,’ the Catholic Church and Native Americans

Please join us on Zoom for The Doctrine of Discovery, the Catholic Church and Native Americans: Exploring a Path Toward Truth & Healing With Christin Tomy, OP

Christin is a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa. For several years, her work and interests have focused on the intersections between land, food, faith, and justice. She lived and worked at the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center in 2015-2016, which was excellent preparation for her subsequent role as Care for Creation Coordinator and Farm Manager at Sinsinawa Mound. Christin is currently working toward a Master of Divinity / MA in Systematic Theology at Catholic Theological Union. She professed perpetual vows in May of 2022.

In recent years you may have heard about the Doctrine of Discovery, a series of 15th century Papal statements that were used to justify European colonization of the Americas.

  1. But what is the Doctrine of Discovery and does it really still matter today?

  2. What was its impact on Native American communities?

  3. How might we support a path toward truth and healing?

Together we will examine these and similar questions, with the goal of deepening our knowledge and commitment to justice for Native communities. In particular, we’ll explore how our Dominican tradition provides both resources and a summons to undertake such a commitment.


Register online by Wednesday, October 12th at or call (262) 898-4094. You will receive the Zoom link in your confirmation e-mail. Free will offerings can be made at the time of registration via Pay Pal or send a check to the Racine Dominican Finance Office (Attn. DCJR), 5635 Erie Street, Racine, WI 53402.

Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Racine Laudato Si’ Action Team (LSAT)


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