Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

A new Native saint!

The Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador is home to many Native peoples, of broad ancestry. The Innu and Inuit peoples of Labrador, and the Mi’kmaq (the plural of Mi’kmaw) peoples of Western Newfoundland all share in the collective joy of the whole Church as she points out a shining example of heroism amongst the People of God, and one that they can call their own. On  October 21st of this year, she will be officially recognised as a saint.

Why not watch a video on Blessed Kateri?

Her life story is remarkable, and provides a real and strong role-model for young people, especially for the many people of our Diocese who proudly trace Native roots. Her mother was educated and baptised by missionaries in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Married to a Mohawk chief in New York, they were both lost to a smallpox epidemic amongst the tribe, leaving the four-year old daughter parentless. Kateri’s mother left her rosary to the young girl, a testament to the Faith.

She endured many hardships in her life, but left us her biography, her image, and above all, her powerful witness to her faith. Remembered fondly as the “Lily of the Mohawks”, her faith is indeed a beautiful flower in the life of the Church.

So pray, and ask her intercession. Our Diocese has many joys, but everyone has need of the grace of God in their lives, and many struggles to overcome. Now we proudly proclaim another saint to advocate for our needs before the Lord. Blessed Kateri, pray for us!

She is the first female Native saint to be recognised, and the first Canadian Native of all. Father Thomas Rosica, of Salt & Light TV fame, has written an excellent article on Blessed Kateri and her upcoming canonisation. It’s worth checking out.