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St. Kateri Tekakwitha Conference by Catholic Studies
When (From): February 02, 2013 at 9:30 AM
(To): February 02, 2013 at 6:15 PM
Location: Jepson School of Business
Sponsor: Catholic Studies
Catholicism, the Society of Jesus, and the Encounters with Indigenous Peoples: Stories, Experiences, and Lessons from the Life of St. Kaeri Tekakwitha
Gonzaga University’s Catholic Studies program will host a day-long conference featuring scholars of and Native American leaders on the impact St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s life and legacy among the Native American Catholic Community. The conference will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2012 beginning at 9:30 am. Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012 an event which marked the elevation to sainthood of the first Native North American. St. Kateri was born in 1656 of Algonquin and Mohawk ancestry. After her contact and conversations with Jesuit missionaries she converted to Christianity and lived a life of sanctity and heroic virtue. She died in 1680.
Three keynote speakers will present their insights concerning the interaction of Catholicism and the experience of native peoples using the life of St. Kateri Tekakwitha as a common focus: Sr. Kateri Mitchel, Mr. Mark Theil, and Fr. Michael Maher, S.J.
The conference will be held the Jepson Center from 9:30am to 5pm. A Mass will be celebrated in honor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha at 5:15 in the University Chapel in College Hall to conclude the event.
The conference is free and open to the public, including a hosted lunch. Registration is required.
Contact: Fr. Michael Maher, SJ