Our Patron

St. Kateri Tekawitha1656-1680, was an Indigenous lay woman who converted to Catholicism at the age of 19. Known as the Lily of the Mohawks, she is an inspiration for her humility, faith and devotion. A number of miracles have been attributed to her, and there are several shrines devoted to her across the United States and Canada. In 2012 she was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI.

Our Founder

After hearing God’s voice, John Corston lived a life of ministry helping Indigenous people find healing by sharing the love of Christ. In 2001, John founded Kateri Native Ministry as a non-profit charitable organization. Since then, Kateri has touched the lives of hundreds of Indigenous people and conducted outreach in dozens of communities across Canada. John passed away on Good Friday in 2016, but his vision lives on.

Our Team

Donna Naughton

With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Donna has been helping Indigenous communities for over 20 years. In 2016 she became Kateri’s Executive Director in addition to her recurring role as a lead singer.

Fr. Hasina Rakotoarisoa

Hasina was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2009 and it wasn’t long until he first connected with Kateri. We are overjoyed to welcome him aboard as our priest, and not just because he is a great guitar player.

Board of Directors

Deacon Fred Jardine

Whether it’s fishing, camping or discussing scripture, Fred has always felt at home in nature, and has been at the centre of Kateri since he joined in 2011.

Wanda Renton-Calvert

With a business background and experience working with the government, Wanda brings key professional insight to the group when she’s not planning her big trip.

Dr. Cle-alls

Board Member
Cle-alls became an adjunct research professor at Carleton University in 2016 when he retired from teaching in the renowned School of Journalism and Communication. He joined Kateri in 2007.

Deacon Paul Soucie

Board Member
A big motorcycle fan, Paul’s extensive ministry experience as the Former Director of Ottawa Shepherds of Good Hope makes him an invaluable member of the team.