Hometown boy makes good!
Great story for you folks, yes!
We have had for 50 years now a Catholic Camp in Southern IL named “Ondessonk” the Indian name for St. Isaac Jogues, “the indomitable one.” One of the units in the camp is named Tekakwitha after St. Kateri. So, it was a great day for the Belleville Diocese as well! (The French Jesuits made their way down the Mississippi to evangelize the native peoples in present day IL about the same years Katers lived.)
I noticed the Canadian press claims her as Canadian saint. The US claims her too. Yikes! A battle to ensue?
Peggy, St. Kateri is both an American and Canadian saint. She was born in what is now New York and fled to what is now Quebec. Pope Benedict, at the canonization, called her “protectress of Canada” and “the first Native American saint.” That is the reason why I got a tiny bit peeved when the Canadian papers called her the first “native Canadian saint.” I don’t mind sharing St. Kateri with Canada, but let’s remember where she really was born.
I know. I don’t want to argue, but the filter wants more words. Cheers.