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NY shrine where saint was born needs major repairs

November 21, 2013
Associated Press

AURIESVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York shrine built on the birthplace of the Roman Catholic Church's first Native American saint is in need of hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Father George Belgarde, director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs Coliseum in Auriesville, tells the Daily Gazette of Schenectady ( ) that the structure capable of accommodating 10,000 pilgrims needs a new roof and windows, upgrades that could cost $600,000.

The shrine was built in 1930 on a hilltop overlooking the Mohawk River in Montgomery County, 35 miles northwest of Albany. The site was home to a Mohawk Indian village where Kateri Tekakwitha was born in the mid-17th century. She was canonized last year.

The Auriesville shrine is owned by the Jesuit order, which is launching a $1 million fundraiser in the spring.


Information from: The Daily Gazette,



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