We rejoice with the whole Church and to thank God for raising up in our own country living images of Christ’s saving work. Sunday, October 21, 2012 marked the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha of the Mohawk nation. Her life, distinguished by prayer, simplicity and union with Christ, transcends 350 years of history to our present day.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha testifies to the mission of the Church to “go and make disciples of all nations” as she was the one being evangelized by Jesuit missionaries in the late 17th century. She is of great importance to our Religious Family and also particularly to our Province in the United States. We give thanks to God for the many graces we have received through her intercession especially as the patroness of our Novitiate House of Formation. God shows His providence in every generation by gracing each country with heralds of the Gospel; St. Kateri Tekakwitha reminds us that Jesus Christ is the true wealth of man.

Miracles of the Lily of the Mohawks (1656-1680)

In the eighteenth century, a young protestant boy named Joseph Kellogg was captured by Native American warriors. Twelve months later, he contracted smallpox. The Jesuits helped to treat him, but he showed no signs of improvement. Turning to Kateri Tekakwitha, the priests offered him relics from her grave and explained to him that if he asked her for help with faith she would cure him. Joseph did so. The Jesuit gave him a piece of decayed wood from Kateri’s coffin, which brought healing to his smallpox.

On December 19, 2011, the Holy Father approved the second miracle needed for Blessed Kateri’s canonization. The authorized miracle dates from 2006, when a young boy in Washington State survived a severe flesh-eating bacterium. To learn more about the miracle from the boy himself, please click this link. Another video can be found here.

Canonization Day: October 21, 2012 (see short video from CTV)

To celebrate with the entire Church and to thank St. Kateri for her many favors, five apostolic sisters traveled to Rome for the canonization. They were joined there by a number of our American sisters who are currently studying in the International Juniorate in Tuscania, Italy attended the Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The canonization was especially important for our Province since our novitiate in Maryland is under her patronage: Novitiate Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.

From their place in the crowd, the sisters received this upclose blessing from the Holy Father, Benedict XVI.

May we ever strive for heroic holiness in our own lives and thus be the “light of the world and the salt of the earth (Mt 5:13).”

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us and for our past, present and future novices!