As Kateri Tekakwitha lay on her deathbed, adorned in her finest clothing in preparation to meet her heavenly Spouse, those gathered around her knew they were losing a saintly young woman advanced in the spiritual life.
More than 300 years later, the universal Church will finally know what the small community of Mohawk Indian Christians witnessed in 1680: Kateri Tekakwitha, the daughter of a Mohawk war chief and Christian Algonquin mother, is a saint.
“We’ve been waiting for this for so long. Now that it’s here, it’s unbelievable. We’re overjoyed,” said Sister Kateri Mitchell, a Mohawk religious sister and executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference in Great Falls, Mont. Sister Kateri...READ MORE