Kateri Celebration October 21st
Photos by: John Mahon, Fonda, NY
The translation of the Mohawk Blessing: She:kon (Say go) Skennon ko:wa (Skennin go wah).
Great PEACE be with you!
Kateri lived here in Caughnawaga (“By the Rapids”) from 1666, when she was ten years old, until 1677, when she fled to Kahnawake, a Christian village in Quebec, Canada. (The northern settlement’s name is the same as Caughnawaga, just spelled differently). This village, across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal was called “The Village of the Praying Indians.”
The original Caughnawaga, here in present day Fonda, NY, is the site of the village or “castle” where Kateri lived most of her life. It is the site of the only fully excavated Mohawk village of that era. Nearby, the holy spring, whose water was used to baptize her, still flows here. Many pilgrims claim cures after drawing its crystal clear water and praying through the intercession of Saint Kateri.