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What her name means
Kateri’s baptismal name is “Catherine,” which in the Haudenosaunee (“Iroquois”) language is “Kateri.”
Kateri’s Haudenosaunee name, “Tekakwitha,” can be translated as “One who places things in order” or “To put all into place.”
Other translations include, “she pushes with her hands” and “one who walks groping for her way” (because of her faulty eyesight).
How to pronounce her name
Kateri’s name is often pronounced as kä’tu-rē.
Her Haudenosaunee name, Tekakwitha, is often pronounced tek”u-kwith’u.
Tekakwitha is occasionally spelled Tegakouita.
The Haudenosaunee pronunciation of Kateri’s name is often described as Gah-Dah-LEE Degh-Agh-WEEdtha, Gah the lee Deh gah qwee tah, or Gaderi Dega’gwita.
Pictured above is the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs - Huadenosaunee Confederacy Logo.
St. Kateri's father was from the Turtle Clan within the Mohawk Nation. Because of this, St. Kateri is often depicted with turtles.
Photo by Łukasz Dańczak on Unsplash
Kateri would spend hours or even entire days in Eucharistic Adoration in the church, even during the coldest weather in Canada.
Make a plan to go to adoration this week for an hour.
If that’s not possible this week, tune into virtual adoration or carve out space for your own Holy Hour.
When the winter hunting season took Kateri and many of the villagers away from the village, she made her own little chapel in the woods by making a wooden cross and spending time there in prayer, kneeling in the snow.
How to make a wooden cross like Kateri
Photo by Rubén Bagüés on Unsplash
Pictured above: St. Joseph Mission School students after a native cultural celebration.
A Catholic nonprofit committed to advocacy & evangelization on behalf of the many communities of indigenous people across North America since 1939. They host conferences for Indigenous Catholic People to reinforce their Catholic identity, affirm pride in their cultures & spiritual traditions, and advocate for peace & justice & healing on behalf of Indigenous communities.
St. Joseph Mission School
A Pre-K through 8th grade Catholic school that has served the Acoma and Laguna indigenous pueblos in San Fidel, NM since 1923. They believe in educating the whole child by giving them the tools to thrive in life, become life-long learners, deepen their faith, care for the environment and others, and affirm their cultural pride and traditions. St. Joseph's is very passionate and committed to restorative justice for local indigenous communities. They encourage students to be fully native and fully Catholic.
One of our team members, Augusta, has served as a teacher and missionary with this school and can attest to the amazing work they do for the local indigenous communities!
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St. Kateri Tekakwitha is often depicted with a lily, which symbolizes purity. She is the first known Native American to take a perpetual vow of celibacy.
Color this page + consider the lilies with your little ones!
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