Posted at: 10/16/2012 4:43 PM
| Updated at: 10/16/2012 6:38 PM
By: John McLoughlin
COLONIE - Local Catholics from the Albany Diocese left just before noon Tuesday.
The 200 Catholics headed for Rome, Italy, and the Pope's Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, a Native American girl who is known to every Parochial School student in this area.
Every school kid attending either went to, or heard about Camp Tekakwitha, or the Auriesville Shrine.
The Indian maiden was born in the Mohawk Valley, so the pilgrimage to Rome, for the long-awaited canonization is a special event for many.
They departed from three sites .
Catholics from the Albany Diocese are among 250,000 in Vatican Square Sunday, when Pope Benedict XVI creates seven more saints.
This included Sister Marianne Cope, who grew up in Utica and worked among the lepers of Molokai
Mohawk Valley Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American Saint
All the folks were grateful to be there for the Canonization.