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Declared ‘Miracle’ by Catholic Ch, Jake Finkbonner Takes in Stride His Role in Kateri’s Sainthood
The News Tribune ^ | 12/19/12 | Roy Gutman

Posted on 10/19/2012 6:52:17 AM PDT by marshmallow

ROME — The seventh-grader whose recovery from a deadly bacterial infection was deemed a miracle by the Roman Catholic Church, cementing the decision to name the first Native American saint, doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about it at his parochial school in Bellingham, Wash.

At recess, “We mostly just play,” he told reporters Thursday in Rome. He and his schoolmates have talked about it “a few times, but not really” a lot. And he doesn’t feel “special” – “not really, I don’t” – even though he’s caught up in the midst of a great event.

On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI will canonize Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk Indian who lived in the 17th century, at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square that is expected to draw more than 2,000 Native Americans from the United States and Canada. Jake’s recovery from necrotizing fasciitis, a rare, flesh-eating disease, was declared the key miracle in the church’s decision to canonize her.

Jake wears glasses and braces. The disease disfigured his mouth, and to defeat it, and to restore his face, he had to go through 29 operations in Seattle, some lasting up to 16 hours. There will be more.

“I had them put off the surgery for a while, because I just got my braces off quite recently,” he said. “If I had any surgeries done I wouldn’t be able to eat or talk very well.” But, he added, “we may go back and do one or two more.”

In his first two days in Rome, Jake served as altar boy at Masses celebrated by J. Peter Sartain, the archbishop of Seattle, at two of Christianity’s most famous churches, St. Paul’s Beyond the Walls and St. John Lateran. It was his first time serving, but he wasn’t flustered. “One feels like something.....

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Prayer

1 posted on 10/19/2012 6:52:22 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

I’ve had the privilege of knowing Eva Waters, who founded the City of Angels Kateri Circle, and to see her dream come to a reality is quite something. I remember back around 2000 when she felt this was a road without end.

I’ll have to attend the special mass at the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Parish in Saugus, even if it is being led by Cardinal Mahony.

2 posted on 10/19/2012 7:23:15 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: marshmallow

The Lily of the Mohawks

Bronze Doors
St. Patrick's Cathedral
New York, N.Y.

3 posted on 10/19/2012 7:47:08 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: marshmallow
Declared ‘Miracle’ by Catholic Ch, Jake Finkbonner Takes in Stride His Role in Kateri’s Sainthood
NY Catholics Set for Blessed Kateri's Canonization
"Lily of the Mohawks" to be named a saint, Yakima Catholics "rejoicing" {Catholic/Orthodox caucus}
Pope advances sainthood causes of Marianne Cope, Kateri Tekakwitha (Catholic Caucus)
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks
Kateri Sainthood Could Take a Miracle
4 posted on 10/20/2012 1:57:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Oratam

What a beautiful and moving sculpture on those bronze doors. Also a moving story about young Jake.

5 posted on 10/21/2012 6:50:29 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Salvation; marshmallow; Mrs. Don-o; NYer
just saw the story on ewtn over the weekend. What a wonderful story.

Eleven-year-old boy's survival of flesh-eating bacteria declared a miracle by pope as American Indian woman credited with saving him is approved for sainthood

more pictures here

Bellingham (WA) Boy Fighting Flesh-Eating Bacteria

PRAYERS PLEASE: Necrotizing fasciitis eating 6-yr-old boy's face

6 posted on 11/03/2014 9:02:04 AM PST by Coleus
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