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The faithful are anxious to say ‘Saint’ Kateri

Pilgrims attend an afternoon Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville on Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Pilgrims attend an afternoon Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville on Wednesday.
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For more than 300 years, generations of faithful Catholics have prayed for the sainthood of Kateri Tekakwitha. On Oct. 21, they’ll celebrate her canonization. “People have been praying for this since the moment of her death,” said Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine museum director Beth Lynch. The shrine sprawls out over the hilltop where Kateri was born in 1656. In those days it was a Mohawk village call Ossernenon. Kateri was the daughter of a ...

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