On 21 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI will name seven new saints including two from the United States. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and Blessed Marianne Cope will be canonized in a special Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Blessed Kateri will be the first Native American saint and was a member of the Mohawk tribe in upstate New York. She was disfigured early in life after contracting small pox. Blessed Kateri was baptized by the Jesuits in 1676 and spent her short life devoted to the Blessed Sacrament and in service to the sick and elderly.
Blessed Marianne Cope was a Franciscan sister who led a group of her congregation to establish a hospital and school for girls on the Hawaiian island of Molokai among the leper colony there. Her sisters still minister on the island today.
The Church has given us two strong Catholic women as examples of faith. We can look to their lives for inspiration and encouragement. We can ask for their intercession through prayer. St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Marianne Cope, pray for us.