On Saturday, July 14th, M. Incarnate Word and the postulants of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Novitiate visited the shrine of their beloved patroness to celebrate her last feast day as a blessed. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, who will be canonized in October, was born in Auriesville, NY, the site of the North American Martyrs Shrine.
Born in Ossernenon village (Auriesville), she moved to a village in Fonda, NY, after the death of her parents and brother from the smallpox epidemic. There she nourished the simple faith that she had received from her Christian mother before the age of four, when she was orphaned. At the age of 20, she requested baptism from Jesuit missionaries, and later fled the persecution of her village, travelling to Canada to a Christian settlement. There she grew in her love of God and developed a special love for the Eucharist. The “Lily of the Mohawks” died at the young age of 24, and will be the first Native American to be canonized.
After the Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the sisters visited the Martyrs’ Shrine in Auriesville, where Sts. Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil and John Lalande received the martyrs’ reward. At the Shrine, the sisters visited the ravine where St. Rene Goupil was killed. Along the path to the river, the postulants read excerpts from St. Isaac Jogues’ account of St. Rene’s martyrdom and the loss of dear friend’s body, which was swept away by the swollen river: “So many tears did I shed into the torrent.” Rene’s body was never recovered, but lies buried somewhere in the ravine, called a “natural reliquary” by Pope John Paul II.
We give thanks for this pilgrimage, and we ask our patroness, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, to inspire many souls to consecrate themselves to God.