Canada National Saint Kateri Shrine

Welcome to the National

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine

Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Qc, Canada

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
"Lily of the Mohawks"

In 1656, Kateri Tekakwitha known as “Lily of the Mohawks” was born of an Algonquin mother and Mohawk father in Ossernenon in the Mohawk Valley, now known as Auriesville, New York. Kateri was four years old when the horrible European disease of smallpox devastated her village. Many perished along with Kateri’s parents and younger brother. She survived the deadly disease but her eyesight was greatly affected and her face ravaged with smallpox scars.

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9:00 am to 3:00 pm
SUNDAY: 10:45 am
WEDNESDAY: 10:30 am
Access ramp at Tea Room entrance
Groups must register ahead of time.  (Read more)
Virtual tour

Saint Kateri's Feast day (April 17)

Saint Kateri's Feast day was celebrated on Sunday, April 21, 2024 by Msgr. Claude Hamelin, bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueil.
A light lunch was served by The Knights of Columbus Hall.
Thank you, nia:wen kowa!

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was declared Saint on October 21, 2012

To relive the emotional moments of the event, please click here: "Canonization of Saint Kateri"
The 11th Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was celebrated on
Sunday, October 22 at 10:45 am
Picture gallery courtesy of Gabriel Berberian

Saint Francis-Xavier Mission, Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha welcomes the new permanent priest

Responding to the pastoral need, Most Rev. Claude Hamelin, Bishop of St. Jean – Longueuil, assigned Fr. Michael Nguyen Dinh VINH, CSSp, a Vietnamese and religious priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) as full time pastor of our parish.
He was born in 1973 in Vietnam. In 2008, He joined the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in Saigon, Vietnam. In August 3, 2013, he took his first religious vows and after that he moved to Manila, Philippines to study Theology. From September 3, 2013 to June 2016, he was sent to the UK for the Pastoral Mission Experience (PME). In July 2016 he returned to the Philippines to continue his study and in 2020, graduated in LST (Loyola School of Theology) of Ateneo de Manila University. In March 25, 2021 (Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord) He was priestly ordained by Most Rev. Ronald I. Lunasin, Bishop of Pagadian Diocese, the Southern Philippines. After his priestly ordination, he remained in the Philippines as a formator assistant of the Spiritan Formation House – Manila. He arrived in Montreal on August 18 2023 and on October 1st, 2023, he was assigned to be the pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Mission Church in Kahnawake.
His appointment is effective on Oct 1 st , 2023 and will remain until July 31 st , 2029.

Pray for our new priest

National Truth & Reconciliation Day
"Orange Shirt Day"
SEPTEMBER 30, 2024
A mass in honor of the children who passed away while in Residential Schools will be celebrated Sunday, September 29, 2024, at 10:45 am.
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Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil

The diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil was established on June 9, 1933 by His Holiness Pope Pius X

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Bishop Mgr Claude Hamelin

Mgr Claude Hamelin, Bishop

Mgr Claude Hamelin est né le 10 juillet 1951 à Sherrington, une municipalité dans la région de la Montérégie située sur le territoire du diocèse de Saint-Jean-Longueuil. He is the sixth bishop of the diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil since January 10, 2020.

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Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine

Saint Francis Xavier Mission in Kahnawake


The Church front door opens only for Sunday Mass at 10:45 am and Wednesday Mass at 10:30 am
SUNDAY at 10:45 am
Weekdays Masses Wednesday at 10:30 a
Gift Shop at Saint Kateri Sanctuary in Kahnawake

Gift Shop


9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Gift shop features a variety of Kateri products: including statues, prayer cards, rosaries, candles, pictures, relic medals, books on her life.

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Museum at the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine

Pilgrimage and Tours


Previous registration and payment of the fees required
For Groups, please contact us in advance to request a pilgrimage/tour form. Visiting groups are permitted to celebrate mass at the Shrine. For more information click here
Tomb of Saint Kateri at the Shrine in Kahnawake Saint Francis-Xavier Mission in Kahnawake Original portrait of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha by Father Cochetière Tomb of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha