St. Kateri National Shrine set to host Feast Day events

FONDA — The following are the events for the St. Kateri National Shrine and Historic Site events for the St. Kateri Feast Day weekend.

This year’s celebration is being held Saturday and Sunday, to coincide with St. Kateri’s Feast Day and features programs honoring St. Kateri’s Catholic faith and the Mohawk heritage, according to a news release.

∫ From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, will feature presentations by Kay Olan, a Mohawk educator and storyteller, who has presented programs in libraries, schools, museums, and for the Peace Alliance. Saturday’s program will also include music by the Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa, Four Directions smudging of sacred plants, and a prayer and healing circle led by Terry Steele, who sits on the St. Kateri Shrine Council and is a member of the Algonquin nation.

∫ From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, the Most Rev. Edward Scharfenberger, bishop of Albany, will celebrate the Feast Day Mass with Traditional Purification Rite (smudging) and Solemn Blessing with the relic of St. Kateri. Come and join in this celebration of St. Kateri’s life, faith, and lasting inspiration.

Kateri Tekakwitha was a young Mohawk woman who lived in the 17th century. She converted to Christianity and was baptized and lived the bulk of her life at the site of what is now the St. Kateri Shrine and National Historic Site. She is the first Native American Saint in the United States and Canada, and the National Shrine was created to honor Kateri and the native peoples north and south of the border. For more information about Saint Kateri or the Shrine or Historic Site, please contact Rita Gullion, Director, at [email protected] or visit

By Josh Bovee

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