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St. Kateri Window



St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – 1680)
Canonized on 10/21/2012 by Pope Benedict XVI

Each of the Saints featured in the stained glass windows in the nave of Our Lady of Solitude Chapel were chosen for their marked devotion to Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  We have only one window that is yet to be fully funded: ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA.

It is our hope and pray that by installing this window in Our Lady of Solitude Chapel, many people will grow in their devotion to this Eucharistic AMERICAN born Saint.  So please consider helping us finance this last remaining Stained Glass Window.  As you can see in the rendering to the left, this window promises to be a beautiful representation of the Saint!

Our year end calculations show that as of  12/2014, we still need $4,500 to complete the payment for this window.

Click here to make an online donation (a paypal account is NOT necessary to make a donation):


Or checks may be made payable to “Our Lady of Solitude Monastery” – please put “St. Kateri” on the memo line.  Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 639, Tonopah, AZ 85354

For those who are not familiar with St. Kateri, find a short bio of her life below:

Kateri was born near the town of Auriesville, New York, in the year 1656, the daughter of a Mohawk warrior. When she was four years old, her mother died of smallpox, the same disease that would also attack Katier – and disfigure her face. She was adopted by her two aunts and an uncle. Kateri became converted to the Catholic Faith as a teenager. She was baptized at the age of twenty.  Her tribe was deeply hostile toward her because of her conversion.

Kateri went to the new Christian colony of Indians in Canada. Here she lived a life dedicated to prayer, penitential practices, and care for the sick and elderly.  This Lily of the Mohawks was known for her love for the Holy Eucharist and to Jesus Crucified.  Even in the cold of a NY winter, she arrived at the Church before the doors were opened and remained there until the last Mass of the day was offered.

She died on April 17, 1680 at the age of twenty-four.  St. Kateri Teckakwitha is the first Native American to be declared a Saint. Her feastday is July 14.