Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Pawnee, OK

Kateri Circle

Affirming Our Faith as Native American Catholics
Under the Protection of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

Local parishes have groups consisting of parish members who try to emulate the life of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk Indian girl who is one step from being canonized in the Catholic Church. The Kateri Circles (both Adult and Youth) exist under the auspices of the Tekakwitha Conference. They must register with the National Center to receive a certificate of recognition. Circles are encouraged to abide by the guidelines as established by the Tekakwitha Conference.

Kateri Circles will promote the goals of the National Tekakwitha Conference in the following manner:

  1. Pray for the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
  2. Work toward personal holiness in our own lives and in the lives of others by prayer and example
  3. Recommended daily prayers: prayer for canonization and Kateri chaplet.
  1. Work on community needs
  2. Participate in the interests and needs of families
  3. Work for unity
  4. Encourage and support the information of other Kateri Circles including youth groups
  1. The Kateri Circles will try to become knowledgeable about Native American issues, especially topics relevant to reservation and urban communities related to moral and spiritual growth.
[ # Taken From National Tekakwitha Conference web page on Kateri Circles ]


Interested in joining a Kateri Group? Native American Catholics or non-native, or non-Catholic, are invited to be a part of a ministry under the guidance of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

Tekakwitha was born in 1656 of a Christian Catholic Algonquin mother and a traditional Mohawk Chief in a village called Ossernenon along the Mohawk River. On April 5, 1676 she was baptized and was given the name Kateri. Her life was devoted to teaching prayers to children and helping the sick and aged until she became very frail and weak. On January 3, 1943, she was declared Venerable by Pope Pius XII. On June 22, 1980, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Rome.

The Kateri Circles (both Adult and Youth) exist under the auspices of the Tekakwitha Conference.

The Conference strives to empower Native Catholics as Church and to deepen and affirm Native Catholic identity and pride in their culture and spiritual traditions. The purpose of the Tekakwitha Conference is the evangelization of Native American Catholics.

Come find out more about the Spiritual, Social, and Educational objectives of ministering through a local Kateri Circle.

An organizational meeting was held Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 and weekly rosaries will be held every Tuesday, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the St John Evangelist Catholic Church located at 8th & Oak in Pawnee, OK.

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