Sharing Stories at the Kateri Center

All four classes of third graders had the rare opportunity to meet with members of the St. Kateri Center of Chicago, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago that serves the American Indian Catholic community. The Kateri Center, which is housed at St. Benedict, focuses on faith formation and Native traditional prayer.

The students performed Reader's Theater skits based on traditional literature (i.e.: fairy-tails/legends), followed by a group discussion about stories they read in class, a reflection of the presentations, and learned some interesting facts about Indian culture and traditions, many of which are passed down orally through tradition.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha is a 17th Century Roman Catholic saint and Mohawk Indian from Canada. She converted to Catholicism at age 19 and moved to a Jesuit mission for the remaining four years of her brief life. She was known for her virtue of chastity and had many miracles and supernatural events attributed to her intercession.

Mrs. Elaine Lindia, St. Benedict Pastoral Associate, and Kateri Center's Jody Roy facilitated the event and worked with the third grade teachers on this Service Learning project.

There were a few "hams in the house", which the Kateri Center audience thoroughly enjoyed.