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Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits

Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits (Paperback)

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The daughter of a Algonquin mother and an Iroquois father, Catherine/Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) has become known over the centuries as a Catholic convert so holy that, almost immediately upon her death, she became the object of a cult. Today she is revered as a patron saint by Native Americans and the patroness of ecology and the environment by Catholics more generally, the first Native North American proposed for sainthood. Tekakwitha was born at a time of cataclysmic change, as Native Americans of the northeast experienced the effects of European contact and colonization. A convert to Catholicism in the 1670s, she embarked on a physically and mentally grueling program of self-denial, aiming to capture the spiritual power of the newcomers from across the sea. Her story intersects with that of Claude Chauchetiere, a French Jesuit of mystical tendencies who came to America hoping to rescue savages from sin and paganism. But it was Claude himself who needed help to face down his own despai

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian Churches & denominationsReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian theology Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Publication Date: 01/12/2006 ISBN-13: 9780195309348  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Allan Greer is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The People of New France, Peasant, Lord, and Merchant: Rural Society in Three Quebec Parishes, 1740-1840, The Jesuit Relations: Natives and Missionaries in Seventeenth-Century North America, and co-editor of Colonial Saints: Discovering the Holy in the Americas, 1500-1800.

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