Columba vs. Kateri Tekakwitha

February 22, 2016 § 1 Comment


On the Lent Madness site, the match up between Roch and Gertrude, Roch won with a 6 point margin taking 53% of the vote. On the blog, Roch demolished Gertrude taking 83% of the vote. Today’s match up is between Columba vs. Kateri Tekakwitha.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.


Born in 521 CE to Fedlimid and Eithne in what is now County Donegal, Ireland, Columba was privileged to receive a first-rate education. His first studies were with Saint Finnian. Then he went to study at Clonard Abbey, and from this base, Columba and other missionaries traveled around Ireland to set up other monasteries that became famous, including ones at Kells, Derry, and Swords.

In 560, trouble struck. Columba ran afoul of his superiors in the monastery over a psalter. Columba adored books, and upon discovering a gorgeous copy of the psalms, decided to make a copy for himself in secret. Saint Finnian objected to this. Behold, the first recorded copyright dispute in monastic publishing!… Read more here.

Kateri_Tekakwitha-200x300Kateri Tekakwitha

Born in 1656 near Auriesville, New York, Kateri Tekakwitha was the daughter of a Mohawk chief and a Roman Catholic Algonquin woman. Named Tekakwitha, which means, “She who bumps into things,” she had a childhood bout with smallpox that left her with permanent facial scars and diminished eyesight. Known as the Lily of the Mohawks and the Flower of the Algonquians, Tekakwitha was among the first Native Americans canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.

Her life changed in 1675 when she met Jesuit Father Jacques de Lambertville. She sought an education in Christianity, and she converted to the Roman Catholic faith and was baptized on Easter Day in 1676. She took the name Kateri for Saint Catherine of Sienna and declared a lifelong vow of virginity. Tekakwitha’s family continued to shun her: first for her disfigurement, and then for her adherence to Christianity. In 1677 she took up residence at the Jesuit mission just south of Montreal. There, she prayed tirelessly for the conversion of her people and undertook many forms of penance in the development of her personal piety.Read more here.

§ One Response to Columba vs. Kateri Tekakwitha

  • mcudney55pte says:

    I love Columba, but I have to go with Kateri. Growing up in upstate New York, I went to Camp Tekakwitha for several summers. Even though I hated the ‘great outdoors’ and all that camping stuff, I did learn about Kateri and have admired her witness since then.

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