This volume is the first ever book-length treatment of the distinctive American Indian Catholic liturgies of the Northeastern Woodlands. It compares and contrasts the Indian Masses of different missions with each other and with the official Roman Missal. It also contains chapters on the calendar and hagiography of the missions; formulas for Baptism, Matrimony, and other sacraments; the Divine Office; characteristic sacramentals and devotions; and religious life. The first book of its kind, and a must for scholars of Native American Catholicism.
Catherine Gandeaktena died in 1673, held in such high regard that her priests believed she would immediately attain the bliss of heaven. Her wonderful story is scattered in the accounts of the Canadian Jesuits as well as the biographies of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. For the first time ever, they have been assembled here into a short readable biography of her life, with particular attention to the virtues that marked her passage from her childhood in the Erie and Oneida villages to her marriage, Baptism, and holy death.