Feast Day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha – July 14th

July 14th is the Feast Day of one of the Church’s newest Saints; St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Click on her name here, for a short biographical video created by Fr. Martin Breski, OFM Conv., who is currently living and serving in Assisi.

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The Inaugural Blessing

This year, our friars added to the celebration of the Feast Day with a dedication of a new outdoor Shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, erected at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, Chicopee, MA, from funds graciously given by an anonymous donor.

Chicopee - St  Kateri Tekakwitha Celebration

Among the friars in attendance that day were (From Left) Fr. Pedro DeOliveira, OFM Conv., Fr. Eligius Kozak, OFM Conv. Fr. Donald Kos, OFM Conv. {on vacation from the Vatican}, Fr. Lucjan Krolikowski, OFM Conv. {seated}, Very Rev. Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. {wearing special vestments created and donated for the occasion}, Fr. Adam Maczka, OFM Conv. {from the Seraphicum, assisting for a few weeks in Chicopee}, Fr. Mieczyslaw Wit, OFM Conv, and kneeling, Fr. Boguslaw Dabrowski, OFM Conv. (Polish Missionary to Uganda, preaching Franciscan Mission Association {FMA} appeals throughout the East Coast of the USA, this summer.


National Shrine of St. Kateri Tekawitha, Fonda, NY


One of the many ministries where the friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province serve is the National St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine, in Fonda, NY. The shrine is a beautiful place to visit on the site of St. Kateri’s home from 1666-1677.