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Pilgrimage honors Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

by jmaloni
Tue, Jun 7th 2011 01:40 pm

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and Knights of Columbus Council 14622 annual pilgrimage honoring Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be held Saturday, June 18.

Events start at 2 p.m. with a presentation at the statue honoring her on shrine grounds on Swann Road in Lewiston. Rosary procession and benediction will be at 2:30 p.m., followed by Mass in the basilica at 4 p.m. A cultural presentation also will take place. Call 754-7489 for more information.

Kateri Tekakwitha, known as the "Lily of the Mohawks," was born at Ossernenon, which today is near Auriesville, N.Y. Her father was a Mohawk chief and her mother was a Catholic Algonquin. She spent her short life devoted to God. The Catholic Church declared Kateri venerable in 1943. She was beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II, and was the first Native American to be declared Blessed.

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