Believers are calling it a miracle: A prayer to a woman who lived in the Mohawk Valley centuries ago responsible for healing a young boy fighting a flesh eating bacteria. It is the story behind the blessed Kateri's canonization by the Catholic Church later this year.
"I think it is a matter of a miracle," said Jake Finkbonner.
When Jake was five-years-old, he cut his lip during a basketball game which quickly led to a flesh eating bacteria that ravaged his face.
Jake's mother Elsa Finkbonner says, "He went from being injured on a Saturday to being in a children's hospital on Monday to last rites on Tuesday."
It was during that time a Kateri conference was being held in Seattle. Theresa Steele from Syracuse was attending the conference and prayed over Jake for the blessed Kateri's intercession. Jake's condition then started to improve. He and his family credit the doctors' care but also are thankful for the prayers. The Vatican investigated Jake's case, and consider it a miracle necessary to canonize Kateri later this year. Kateri will become the first Native American saint.
Steele who is a devout Catholic and Algonquin spends a lot of time at the National Kateri Shrine in Fonda. She says she knows of other miracles, and considers the local shrine a very spiritual place. People come from far and wide to offer up their prayers. Soon, they will have a historic reason to make the pilgrimage.
We could know as early as this weekend just when the canonization for the blessed Kateri will take place. It may be sometime this summer just as hundreds of people from around the world happen to be coming to Albany to attend the Annual Kateri Conference. Not only will they visit the shrine in Fonda, but a separate one as well in Auriesville.
ALBANY, N.Y. - Capital Gaming LLC is holding a meeting on Wednesday which is open to the public. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Giffen Memorial Elementary School on South Pearl Street to discussMore >>
Business and gambling leaders in Albany will pitch their reasons to bring a Las Vegas-style casino to the capital city Wednesday night. More >>
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A parade will be held for national champions Union on Thursday. The parade will begin on campus and end at city hall.Fans and residents are encouraged to line the parade route andMore >>
A parade will be held for Union College's men's hockey team on Thursday. More >>
ALBANY, N.Y.—The Albany County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing woman from the town of Westerlo. Irina Mockute-Savyer was last seen April 15 around 11 a.m. leavingMore >>
The Albany County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing woman from the town of Westerlo.More >>
MOREAU, N.Y. – Flooding in the Town of Moreau has many residents angry and demanding answers as to why there has been so much flooding in the area. The river level is slowly receding, but some homeownersMore >>
Flooding in the Town of Moreau has many residents angry and demanding answers as to why there has been so much flooding in the area.More >>
TROY, N.Y. - The prosecution has started its opening arguments in the Trinity Copeland trial on Wednesday. Copeland was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of her father, HarlanMore >>
The prosecution has started its opening statements in the Trinity Copeland trial on Wednesday. More >>
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Opening day of the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course was delayed after an April snow shower. Mayor Gary McCarthy was supposed to hit the golf course Wednesday for opening day, butMore >>
Opening day of the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course was delayed after an April snow shower.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y.—The search still continues for 60-year-old Wilma Trotter. The 60-year-old suffered from dementia and has been missing since early Friday morning when a cab dropped her off at a home on WashingtonMore >>
The search for a missing woman with symptoms of dementia continues. More >>
ALBANY, N.Y.—An Albany man was sentenced to seven years in State Prison on Wednesday. Kaseim Parrish, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Criminal Contempt. In July 2013, Parrish was orderedMore >>
ALBANY, N.Y.—An Albany man was sentenced to seven years in State Prison on Wednesday.More >>
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Schenectady County Legislature says grants totaling $36,000 will be given to 30 community organizations. The legislature announced on Wednesday the list of local community organizationsMore >>
The Schenectady County Legislature says grants totaling $36,000 will be given to 30 community organizations.More >>
KINGSBURY, N.Y. – The Washington County Sheriff's Office needs help identifying a woman who may be connected to a larceny case. The Sheriff's Office announced they are looking to identify the woman afterMore >>
The Washington County Sheriff's Office needs help identifying a woman who may be connected to a larceny case.More >>