July 13, 2006

July 13, Memorial of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

My diocese, San Diego, has a parish named for Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. Three tribal reservations belong to this parish: Barona, Sycuan and Viejas. The county of San Diego has more reservations than any other county in the U.S.A.: eighteen reservations-- though they are tiny reservations compared to those of the Navajo and Hopi. Since the diocese of San Diego includes both San Diego County and Imperial County, and there at least two other reservations in or overlapping Imperial County, the diocese of San Diego includes twenty reservations at least.

The image above is the oldest known image of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. It was painted not long after her death by Fr. Claude Chauchetière, S.J. He reports that she appeared to him several times after her death, asking him to paint images of religious themes for other converts from among the Native Americans.

He also wrote a story of her life.
Click HERE for it.


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