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1 Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha “Lily of the Mohawks”Youth Ministry Access, Center for Ministry Development, 2012.
2 The Algonquin Indians Were the most populous and widespread North American Native groupswith tribes originally numbering in the hundreds!They inhabited most of the Canadian region south of Hudson Bay.
3 During the 17th century, there was an Algonquin Indian woman who was baptized Catholicby missionaries who visited her tribe.She was later captured by the Mohawk Indians during warfareand forced to hide her new Christian faith.
4 The young girl was captured by a Mohawk chiefand soon becamehis bride.The Mohawks were the original people ofNew York.They were also known as the fiercest ofthe Five Nations of Iroquois Indians.
5 to an Algonquin woman and a Mohawk Chief. In 1656, a baby girl was bornto an Algonquin woman and a Mohawk Chief.
6 The baby and her family lived in a village near Lake Ontario. Like others of their time, they lived in a traditional longhouse.Some longhouses wereup to 200 feet longand housedseveral families.
7 It was not unusual in native culture to wait to name a baby until the child showed some distinguishing characteristics.Sadly, Kateri Tekakwitha’s parentswould not have the opportunityto name their baby girl.
8 were among the first natives who encountered the British The Mohawk Indianswere among the first nativeswho encountered theBritishand other Europeanswho sailed to Americato create a new life.Unfortunately,their numbers greatly decreased, because of the many diseasesthat these new settlersbrought over from the Old World.Smallpox, measles and the fluwere devastating to the Mohawkswho had no immunity.
9 but was left weaker, scarred and partially blind. When Kateri was justfour years old,small pox spreadthrough her villageand took the lives ofher mother, father,and younger brother.She survived ,but was left weaker, scarred and partially blind.
10 Kateri was adopted by her uncle, Orphaned at age 4,Kateri was adopted by her uncle,also a Mohawk chief of the Turtle Clan.He gave her the name“Tekakwitha”which translates to mean…“One who clears her path with her hands”or “One who reaches out before she walks.”She was probably named this due tothe blindness that occurredfrom the smallpox.
11 Tekakwitha and her new family moved to Caughnawaga to build a new life after smallpox took most of their tribe.
12 It is said that Tekakwitha grew into a young woman with a sweet, shy personality. She helped her aunts work in the fields where they tended to the corn, beans, and squash, and took care of the traditional longhouse in whichthey lived. She went to the neighboring forestto pick the roots needed to prepare medicines and dye. She collected firewood in the forestand water from a stream. Despite her poor vision,she also became very skilled at beadwork.
13 was established in Caughnawaga In 1670 St Peter’s Missionwas established in Caughnawaga
15 The native peoplecalled theJesuit Missionariesthe“Black Robes”
16 Tekakwitha often saw the Black Robes in her village. However, she was forbidden by her uncleto listen to or speak with them.He believed that the Black Robes were responsible for bringing disease and bad omens to his village.
17 In 1674,Father James de Lambervillecame to the missionat Caughnawaga.
18 about the Christian faith. Most likely, before she died, The young girlwanted to meet theBlack Robesand learnabout the Christian faith.Most likely, before she died,her mother had sharedstories and sang songsfrom her Catholic faithwith Tekakwitha.
19 At first, Fr. Lamberville was concerned about the daughter of She asked her uncle to please allow her to study with the missionaries.At first, Fr. Lamberville was concerned about the daughter ofa chief converting to Catholicism ,but her uncle finally agreed to allow Tekakwitha to become a Christian.
20 twenty-year old Tekakwitha was baptized. She was given On Easter, April 5, 1676twenty-year old Tekakwithawas baptized. She was giventhe name of Kateri, which is Mohawk for Catherine. Kateri was named in honor ofSt. Catherine of Siena.
21 Soon after her baptism, Kateri became the village outcast. Her family refused her food on Sundays because she wouldn't work. Children would taunt her and throw stones. She was threatened with torture or deathif she did not renounce her new Christian religion.
22 Because of increasing hostility from her people and because she wanted to devote her life to God,Kateri left her village and fled more than 200 milesthrough woods, rivers, and swamps.Her journey to the Catholic Missionof St. Francis Xavier at Sault Saint-Louistook more than two months.
23 to openly practice their At the mission,Kateri Tekakwithaand otherNative Americanswere finally ableto openly practice theirCatholic faith.
24 Although not formally educated and unable to read and write, Kateri led a life of prayer and penitential practices. She taught the young and helped those in the villagewho were poor or sick.
25 and place them throughout the woods. Her favorite devotionwas to fashion crossesout of sticksand place them throughout the woods. These crosses served as stations thatreminded herto spenda moment in prayer.
26 On Christmas Day 1677,Kateri made herFirst Holy Communion.
27 Kateri made a vow of perpetual virginity, On March 25, 1679Kateri made a vow of perpetual virginity,meaning that she would remain unmarriedand totally devoted to Christ for the rest of her life.
28 Ever since her battle with smallpox as a child, Kateri’s health was never very good.In 1680 she became fatally ill.She was only 24 years old when she died.
29 two priests witnessed the miracle After she died,two priests witnessed the miracleof all the smallpox scars vanishing from her face.Her last words were “Lesos Konoronkwa – Jesus, I love you.”
31 to be beatified by the Church. 300 years after her death,Pope John Paul IIbeatified her in 1980.Kateri Tekakwithais the firstNative Americanto be beatified by the Church.
32 Pope John Paul II named Kateri Patroness ofWorld Youth Dayin Toronto, Canada.
33 “Blessed” Kateri will be canonized on October 21, 2012. In 2011,Pope Benedict XVIsigned a decreerecognizingthe miracle neededto canonize her.“Blessed” Kateri will be canonized on October 21, 2012.
34 Kateri Tekakwitha’s intercession is credited with healing a Washington State boy named Jakewho had been infected with a flesh-eating bacteria.Jake's father is Native American and a member of the Lummi tribe. Jake’s mother said his health greatly improved after a visitby a member of the Tekakwitha Conference.The woman, also named Kateri, brought a small coinwith an image of Blessed Kateri and a prayer card to Jake.
35 Kateri will be the first Native American from the present-day continental United Statesto be declared a saint in the Catholic Church!