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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School History And Tradition
 
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha LogoBlessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School celebrated its official opening in 1983.  The school was renamed St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School after her canonization in 2012. 
 
Who is St. Kateri Tekakwitha?

The school is named after St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a native North American, born in 1656 near Auriesville, in present day New York state. When she was young, her parents and brother died of small pox and she was adopted by her two aunts and uncle. She first learned about Jesus from the Jesuit missionaries and was baptized in 1676.

On the priest's advice, she left for a Christian colony in Canada and arrived in 1677. She made her first holy communion on Christmas day that same year. Through prayer and personal sacrifice sheKateri Tekakwitha devoted her life to Christ.
On April 17, 1680, Kateri died. Her last words were, “Jesus, Mary, I love you.”

On June 22, 1980, Pope John Paul II declared Kateri Tekakwitha "blessed'. She became the first Native North American saint of Aboriginal descent. 
 
We celebrate her feast day every April 17th.