I didn’t choose saint Kateri, Saint Kateri chose me. And I sincerely believe that.
Before really coming back to the faith I was for some reason interested in the Aboriginal and Metis culture, I felt like I was one of them even though deep down I knew I wasn’t. My culture is French Canadian… (sounds pretty boring).
At the end of my first year of university I joined something called ReconciliACTION which was basically a group that was trying to learn about how we could reconcile with the First Nations. I learned a lot that year even though I could not devote much time to it. Through this program I got to take another program called Returning to Spirit and this is something that really boosted my faith.
It talked about how we live in a cycle, we choose is we want to live in a positive or a negative cycle. We have to deal with things from our past because otherwise it is going to affect our present and future. We have to learn from the past, live in the moment and strive for a better future.I really fell in love with the Aboriginal and Metis culture. Somewhere deep down I knew I would work with these people because I loved them before I even met them.
At the end of the my second year of university we had a trip planned to go visit many different reserves in BC. I was pumped!! until I looked at my schedule. I couldn’t go because I had summer classes and they were exactly at the same time as the trip. This was a big bummer for me. And it actually affected me in a deeper way. You know when you think you’re doing God’s will and then all of sudden He’s like Nope you’re not doing that yet.
So I prayed about it and I just left it in His hands, God if it’s not the time I will wait (but don’t let me wait too long). After university I joined the Catholic Outreach team and here we we so blessed to be able to work with Aboriginials, these trips were for me! We went over ice
roads to get there in a van that wasn’t exactly the best. We spent 3 weeks in a few communities. I really loved the people and thought God I know you’re calling me here but what do you want me to do?
A few months later we went to a fly-in community and this is when I learned that there was a different Archdiocese in the North. I saw a picture of a new Archbishop and thought I could never do what he does because it requires a lot of traveling. St Theresa Point is a very active Catholic community, everything revolves a round the Church. The people were very welcoming but the thing that touched me the most was our farewell. We had Sunday mass and after mass the way they thank us was by giving each and everyone of us on team a hug.
The people literally lined up to give us hugs. The tears kept running down my cheeks.
God why did you put me in this situation? I want to stay here forever but I can’t because I know you want me to finish my year on the Catholic Outreach Team. Can you promise me I will be coming back here? I didn’t hear an answer to that prayer but I asked many times to go back. Not now Céline, give it time, be patient. UGH!!!
I was getting frustrated but something was telling me to give it time. That’s when I went
to Haiti. I was there for a 8 months. During this time God confirmed with me that He wanted me to work with the youth. My desire to work with the Aboriginal and Métis was still there but it was starting to get hidden by my desire to work with the youth.
Then one day out of no where my brother sends me an email and it really changed my life. It was a job opening, Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas. This was PERFECT!!!! Everything in God’s time. He sure did provide.
As I applied I started asking Saint Kateri to pray for me but as I started doing that I just felt an instant connection with her. I know she has been praying for me. Now I feel at home in the north with my people.
My dearest Lily of the Mohawks pray for us.
My Catholic Living ❤