At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Bryan Hayes, MP for Sault Ste. Marie, joined the all-party Canadian delegation attending the canonization mass for Kateri Tekakwitha on October 21, 2012, at the Vatican. Kateri Tekakwitha is the first North American Aboriginal person to become a Catholic saint.
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Rod Bruinooge, MP for Winnipeg South, were also among the delegation led by House Speaker Andrew Scheer, taking part in the canonization mass at the Vatican.
“The story of Kateri Tekakwitha is pious and it is powerful,” said MP Hayes. “Her elevation to sainthood is a momentous occasion for Canadian Catholics and many First Nations people, as well as a deep honour for Canada.”
Kateri Tekakwitha, known as Lily of the Mohawks, was born in 1656 to a Mohawk father and Christian Algonquin mother in present-day New York State. Shortly after her baptism at age 20, she moved to a Christian Mohawk village in present-day Kahnawake, Quebec, located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River across from Montréal. She died there at age 24. Since her death, many miracles have been attributed to her, making her a beloved figure in the Catholic Church, notably for First Nations in both Canada and the United States. Her tomb is located at the St. Francis Xavier Mission in Kahnawake.
Kateri Tekakwitha was declared venerable by Pope Pius XII in 1943 and beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II. She will be made a saint by Pope Benedict XVI.
MP HayesJoins Delegation to Canonization of First North American Aboriginal Saint
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October 23rd, 2012 at 4:10pm