- Kateri Tekakwitha
Loretto is honored to be traveling to Rome in October with Most
Rev. Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Saint Francis Basilica for
the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American
to achieve sainthood.
Archbishop Sheehan will be leading a Canonization
Pilgrimage to Rome to attend the canonization of Kateri and devotional
visits to many important Catholic shrines in the area.
Estella will participate in the celebration in Rome
which includes a special Canonization Mass lead by Pope Benedict
at St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, October 21st, 2012.
Estella was commissioned by Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan
to create a monumental bronze statue of Blessed Kateri, which has
welcomed visitors at the entrance to Saint Francis Cathedral in
Santa Fe, NM, since 2003.
“...as patron of ecology and the environment,
Kateri teaches us how to love and respect the created world and
care for it.”
–Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., Canada
Estella's sculpture, "Blessed Kateri"
A Letter from Estella
I was very honored by the most Most Rev.
Archbishop Michael Sheehan of the Cathedral Basilica of St.
Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe to create a monumental sculpture
of Blessed Kateri, in 2002. In the process of creating the
sculpture, I came to know Kateri very intimately. Almost immediately
she touched my heart in a profound way. She made her presence
felt so strongly, and let me know that she’s here to
watch over all of us with her love, and to remind us to have
love and compassion, kindness and forgiveness, for ourselves
and for each other. The gift she brings to the world is the
Love in her Heart.
It is a blessing and timely that the second sculpture of Kateri
now stands here at my home, in the final stages of completion.
Because of the timing of Kateri’s canonization, it is
my prayer and dream to place this second edition at the Vatican.
Her presence at the Vatican will stand as a messenger for
all Native People and all those whose lives she has touched.
the full letter...
Read about "Blessed Kateri" in the
Click on titles to view articles.
Journey to Sainthood - The Santa Fe New Mexican,
October 14, 2012
The Lily of the Mohawks - Pasatiempo, The Santa
Fe New Mexican, August 15-21, 2003
for Sainthood - Albuquerque Journal North, August
Intercession - The Santa Fe New Mexican, August
Native American among seven approved for sainthood -
The Santa Fe New Mexican, December 19, 2011
Women Doing Amazing Things - Santa Fe Monthly,
Additional articles about Blessed Kateri's canonization
emotions as Kateri Tekakwitha is named a saint
- New York Times, July 25, 2012
Tekakwitha at Wikipedia
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images and articles about Estella Loretto's sculpture of Blessed
Kateri, and news of Kateri Tekakwitha's cannonization on October