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Kateri Tekakwitha – First Native American Saint


Posted By Paul G December 20th, 2011 Blog


Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk convert to Christianity, is one of seven named by the Vatican today for canonization after their miracles were recognised by the  Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Blessed Kateri lived from 1656-1680 near what is now New York and Quebec and was known for her sanctity during her lifetime. For more information on her,  see: http://www.katerishrine.com/kateri.html

Source – Independent Catholic News

Kateri Tekakwitha

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11 thoughts on “Kateri Tekakwitha – First Native American Saint

  1. Kateri is not the first North American saint. St. Peter the Aleut was an Orthodox American fisherman who strayed south from Alaska and was martyred by the Spanish in California.

  2. Delores says:

    What is a saint?
    I believe a saint is one who has accepted Jesus Christ as his own personal savior and is saved.
    Thus, your Catholic saint is not the 1st Native American Saint.

    • Hi Dolores,

      A saint is one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness, sanctity, and virtue. The act of accepting Jesus Christ as one’s personal saviour and believing that one has been saved won’t make a person a Saint. One has to live an exceptional holy life. Kateri Tekakwitha has passed the qualification for Sainthood and has been recognized for her holiness thus she is the First Native American saint.

      There’s no point arguing about it. God bless you if you aspire to be a saint.

    • Krista says:

      That is what I was thinking… Native America spans from Alaska to Chile.

      In solidarity,
      Krista

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