Denver, Colo., Apr 20, 2013 / 15:07 pm
The 74th annual Tekakwitha Conference will mark an important event in Church history as it holds its first gathering since the canonization of the "Lily of the Mohawks" last October.
Though the conference this summer will follow a similar format to past ones, Sr. Kateri Mitchell, executive director of the conference, said this year will "center around the excitement and celebration" of the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint.
Each year, the Tekakwitha Conference gathers for its national meeting to further its mission of "evangelization and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ" among Native American communities and the world.
The event, which is held in a different city each year, could see as many as 1,000 participants from all over the United States.