Kateri Tekakwitha, Marianne Cope to be Canonized

Most wonderful news!

The Holy Father today received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorised the promulgation of decrees concerning the following causes:

Okay, basically, that’s a list of holy teachers and martyrs and miracles, but the big news for us is in my headline!

Back in July, I wrote about Kateri Tekakwitha and linked to a remarkable story of healing apparently effected with the help of her intercessory prayers.

Now this “Lily of the Mohawks” — who died in 1680 and was declared “Venerable” in 1943 — will be Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, and I have no doubt the Native American Catholic Community will be rightly overjoyed!

The significance of it being “one of their own,” can’t be overstated, Father Jamison said. He explained how, for example, the Native people are awaiting the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

“They are pining for this,” he said. “If it happened yesterday, it wouldn’t be soon enough.”

And Kathy Schiffer gives a good accounting of why we rejoice too for the inclusion of Marianne Cope!

With six other Sisters of St. Francis, Mother Marianne arrived at Honolulu in November 1883. The sisters would manage and serve at the Kaka’ako Branch Hospital on Oahu, a receiving station where Hansen’s disease (leprosy) patients from throughout the Hawaiian Islands were sent to prevent further spread of the disease. Within two years, the sisters had cleaned the hospital and treated the 200 patients, making major improvements in living conditions; and in 1905 they founded the Kapi’olani Home, a residence for the daughters of leprosy patients, within the walls of the hospital compound. Fear of the disease had made public officials unwilling to care for the close relatives of those afflicted by the disease; only the sisters would welcome them and offer the home and education that these girls needed.

Both women (as the rest on the Vatican list) led heroic lives of faith. It is wonderful to be able to draw from the example of our Christian ancestors, and to be able to count on the prayers of the “cloud of witnesses”.

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  • Annie

    Thanks for sharing the great news! I worked on a reservation for a few years, and the people there had a beautiful devotion to Blessed Kateri. I am sure they will be overjoyed!

  • Fr Paul Pluth

    I was a member of the commission that investigated the then-allegedly miraculous healing of Jake Finkbonner, attributed to the prayers of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. The radiance of his faith, of his parents’ faith, and of his community’s faith is humbling, and this will be a powerful canonization. To hear the official news leaves me both elated and exhausted–an early Christmas present.

  • http://breadhere.wordpress.com Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

    What great, great news!

  • Paula

    So is there any announcement of when the canonization ceremony will be? Do we refer to these dear sisters as Saints now?

  • zmama

    As soon as I saw the headline to your post I called my daughter over to the computer. I feel like I have been waiting since I was a little girl to hear this news. Last year when my daughter was in 3rd grade, she did a power point presentation on Blessed Kateri. I thought it was providential that Bl Kateri was the saint whom she was assigned since she is one of my favorites, along with St Therese, which is my daughter’s middle name. In August, before school started, when my husband could not get time off from work, the two of us made a mother/daughter pilgrimage to The Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville NY and also to the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri across the river in Fonda, NY. I told my daughter if Kateri is canonized in our lifetimes I would love to take her to Rome to be there for the canonization. Since we have a big trip coming up in a few months to China I don’t think we can swing Rome too but we will watch on TV and be there in spirit when it does take place. I am so happy for all of the Catholic Native Americans in both the US and Canada. This is just so wonderful. Finally!

  • http://nitecaravan.blogspot.com/ Br. Jay

    Great news! I love hearing about the saints and their lives!

  • Siobhan Kateri Tanzer

    As you can see I have carried Bl Kateri with me all my life, I am delighted that she is now to be cannonised. I am an Australian and my middle name causes lots of comments, I never miss an opportunity to tell people about Bl Kateri, I am thrilled that I may now say that she is the first Native American Saint. One of my daughters took the name Kateri when she was Confirmed I can’t wait to get home to share this wonderful news with her and my mother.

  • Iris Celeste

    I have been thinking a lot lately about how to facilitate heaven’s work on earth as the storm clouds gather and also about how the Vatican goes about determining a Saint or if an apparition is authentic. Now I think it is time for American bishops to think outside the box! You know how we are all concerned (both democrats and republicans) when we feel Catholic politicians are not following the teachings of the Church when they pass laws? Well, I know the apparition of Our Lady of America has not been approved as authentic yet, but one of the criteria for determining if an apparition is authentic is that of its fruit. So… the apparition promised miracles of transforming souls if the statue of Our Lady of America was established in the National Basilica. The statue is very beautiful and all its symbolism is compliant with the title of Our Lady as the Immaculate Conception. Why don’t the Bishops enshrine the Statue in our national Basilica of The Immaculate Conception as the apparition requested with a big press to-do where they invite all the Washington politicians? Sort of like Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, the apparition does not have to be approved for the art work (the sculpture) to be put in the Basilica. Then, if there is a conversion of souls in the politicians the Vatican will have something more concrete as to its fruits!

    Iris Celeste

  • http://momandmama.wordpress.com Googie Baba

    My brother posted this news to facebook. We were raised Catholic. I remember praying for her intercession when I was a little girl. We even named our family cat after her! I don’t think any of us practice Catholicism anymore. I’ve been received into the Episcopal church. But I know that I am touched by this news. It is really great to see this.

  • Adam

    My family is so happy to hear about Bl. Kateri! Our daughter needed to dress as a Saint for the All Saints’ parade this year, and we just happened to have a spare Native American costume lying around, so we convinced her to dress as Bl. Kateri. What a fascinating figure she was! Our daughter is super excited to hear that “her” saint is getting canonized!

  • roxie

    Our parish is Blessed Kateri Aborigoinal parish I am so excited to hear this news ☺
    we have a lady here too from a nothern community came and told her healing story from being paralized and after visiting our church just on a fluke while staying at hospital and praying to Kateri she went from being wheelchair bound to walking . she then gave the brand new chair the hospital had ordered for her to her roomate who had just the night before said could not afford a chiar !
    Kateri Therese was my confirmation name . I love them both so dearly , beautiful sisters to walk with .