Welcome to the pilgrimage to Roma for the Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, first North American Indian of Aboriginal soil to be declared "Saint!"
Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk-Algonquin, was born in Auriesville, N.Y. 1656; died in Kahnawake, Canada, 1680; Beatified by Bl. Pope John Paul II, 1985 and today will be Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, October 21, 2012!
The tapestry of Kateri was one of the seven which hung so beautifully from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica!
The air was electrified with joy after Pope Benedict officially declared Kateri to be Saint Kateri Tekakwitha! Allan & Marlene share their joy with Sr. Pat Mylott!
Dir. of the Tekakwitha Conference, Sr. Kateri Mitchell with Allan who describes Marlene's new painting, "Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Princess of the Eucharist."
On October 22, a Thanksgiving Mass was offered under the Apse of St. Peter, celebrated by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, Pa.
Gifts for Pope Benedict XVI were presented during this Mass. Many priests from the U.S and Canada concelebrated with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.
Maire Rose, granddaughter of Allan & Marlene, played violin for the entire Mass at Assisi. She was honored to play "Ave Maria" during Holy Communion at St. Peter's for the Thanksgiving Mass.
The Finkbonner family from Washington in line to receive Holy Communion from Pope Benedict at the Canonization Mass.
Marlene & Jake Finkbonner at the Tekakwitha Conference in Auriesville, N.Y. in July, 2012. Jake's healing from a flesh eating bacteria, age 6, was the miracle accepted for Kateri's elevation to Sainthood. Jake is 12 years of age at this date. (The Vatican took five years to conclude affirmatively of the miracle's Divine intervention.)
Marlene's painting of St. Kateri Tekakwitha with the Holy Eucharist and Holy Cross predominating. Pope Benedict XVI is portrayed over her. Kateri emerges from a garden of lilies, symbolic of her purity and her title, Lily of the Mohawks.
As part of our extended tour, we invite you to the last Mass of our pilgrimage.... to the Basilica of St. Mark's in Venice. Seen to the left of the main celebrant, are: Vice-Postulator of the cause of Kateri, Msgr. Paul Lenz and Dir. of the Black & Indian Missions, Fr. Wayne Carroll Paysee, both of Washington, D.C.