AURIESVILLE, N.Y. - Hundreds came to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs Sunday, to celebrate the Sainthood of Kateri Tekakwitha.
For hundreds of years, devoted Catholics have prayed to Kateri, a Native American of the Mohawk tribe, who has inspired people to give back and live a holy life as she did.
Kateri earned her title through miracles that have been attributed to
her, and some say they too have experienced her spiritual healing.
It was a long wait, but on Sunday a monumental celebration as she went from blessed to Saint.
"It feels like, come on we want one more miracle or two more miracles. We like to see her recognized here on earth," said White Cloud of Middletown.
White Cloud is of the Cherokee tribe, she says when she became ill, she prayed to Kateri.
"When I was in bed lying down and I could feel myself facing out and, it's hard to explain, but I could see her in a way that she was there and she was there to help me," said White Cloud.
After that experience with the Saint, White Cloud says she was cured.
Marissa Wilson hopes for a miracle like the one White Cloud describes. Wilson has been diagnosed with a debilitating bone disease that does not yet have a cure.
"It's osteogenesis imperfecta and I've broken a lot of bones and suffered a lot of illnesses. I just pray to her to see if there's a cure," said Wilson, of Albany.
Kateri's journey to Sainthood was marked by many different miracles, but one in 2006 secured her path to becoming a Saint: A young boy became infected with a flesh eating bacteria that almost killed him. His family prayed to Kateri and it is said that is what cured him.
His story has left many others hoping for the same kind of healing.
"I have a nephew that is only two-years-old that's dying and I keep praying to her for him," said Joyce Richards, of Ballston Spa.
Kateri Tekakwitha is now one of more than 10,000 Catholic Saints.
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