It is with great joy that the Bishops of Canada welcome the 18 February 2012 announcement that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, will canonize Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, elevating her to sainthood this coming October. This event will be a great honour to all of
Blessed Kateri, known as “the Lily of the Mohawks”, was born in 1656 in what is now
For this reason, she is rightly claimed by the Church both in the
In particular, Kateri provides us “an example of fidelity . . . a model of purity and love” (Blessed John Paul II, “Address to the Indians of North America,” 24 June 1980). As a member of the Communion of Saints, she will hold a special place within the universal Church, being one of the “great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Revelation 7.9).
We therefore humbly ask: “Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!” Help us imitate your life of devotion to Our Lord, summed up in your dying words: “Jesos konoronkwa!” – “Jesus, I love you!”
+ Richard Smith
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops