Community Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Novitiate House of Formation
1714 Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Phone: (301) 627-5337
Currently, the Novitiate is located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, about twenty miles east of Washington, DC. We are committed to several apostolates in the area, including:
- Little Flower Oratory for Girls and Don Bosco Oratory for Boys: According to the tradition of our Religious Family and in the spirit of St. John Bosco, the Novices hold two oratories, one for girls and one for boys every Saturday. The oratory is open to girls and boys between ages 6 and 12. The most important element of the oratories is prayer, but the children also enjoy sports, crafts, cooking, etc. Through the different activities, the children learn the importance of the human virtues, but most of all, they learn the importance of faith and prayer through talks about saints, the life of Jesus, and the prayer of the Holy Rosary.
- Catechism classes at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bowie, MD.
- Catechism class at St. Mary of the Assumption in Upper Marlboro, MD.
- Oratory and Catechism at St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church, an IVE parish in Chillum, MD. The programs include recreational activities with children and catechetical formation.
- Oratory and Catechism at St. James Catholic Church, an IVE parish in Mount Rainier, MD. The sisters join IVE seminarians to provide recreational and catechetical activities for children of all ages.
- Nursing Homes: The sisters visit three nursing homes around the Chillum area in order to comfort the sick, the elderly, and the dying.
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Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin
Among the earliest gems of the Church in North America is Kateri Tekakwitha, a young Iroquois who was born in the 1600’s of a Christian Algonquin mother and a non-Christian Iroquois chief, in Quebec, Canada. Having lost her parents at the age of fourteen, she was raised among the Mohawks in the home of an uncle. There she first encountered Christian missionaries, and was baptized on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1676. Because of her baptism, her exemplary life, and her desire to remain a virgin, Kateri suffered great persecution. She died at age twenty-four known as the “Lily of the Mowhawks,” since she had given herself over entirely to care for the sick and long hours of prayer and penance. She was beatified in 1980 by Blessed Pope John Paul II, and canonized on October 21, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Her body is buried in the church of the Native American reserve of Kahnawake, Quebec.