By Sisters Judith Oliver and Suzanne Lachapelle
During their many years working with the Passamaquoddy people (60 years combined total) at Pleasant Point in Perry, Maine, Sisters Maureen Wallace, Janice Murphy and Carol Lachance would often say how they hoped they would someday witness Kateri Tekakwitha’s canonization. Their dream came true on October 21, 2012, when, not only did Kateri become a saint, but they were at Saint Peter’s Square in Rome attending this once-in-a-lifetime event. They joined thousands from all over the world on a pilgrimage to honor six new saints and "our own beloved Saint Kateri Tekakwitha,"said Sister Maureen. "It was a faith-filled experience!"
During their stay in Rome, the sisters also attended a Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Peter’s Basilica with Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, New York, who served as main celebrant and homilist. Several tribal members sang a special hymn to Saint Kateri while others played the flute and drummed. During the offertory, beautiful works of native art were offered as gifts for Pope Benedict. "This special Mass touched the hearts of all who have waited and prayed so long for this glorious day. Our dreams became a reality that we’ll never forget," said Sister Maureen.
(Pictured above: From left, Sisters Carol Lachance, Maureen Wallace and Janice Murphy gather in St. Peter’s Square for the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha on October 21, 2012.)