In 1667, Father Jacques Bruyas arrived here...on the land we live on... to act as the first missionary to the Oneida Indians.
Soon after his arrival, the Indians built him a chapel which he named St. Francis Xavier. This was the very first mission among the Indians. Father Bruyas offered up his first Mass here on St. Michael's Feast Day!
Fr. Bruyas discovered Kateri Tekakwitha with two other priests. She traveled with an Oneida Indian and a Huron Indian. Oneida Indians shared the land we live on with the Huron Indians and it is believed she spent a significant amount of time at our site.
Walt is an avocational archaeologist and we have found so many Jesuit items..it gives me goosebumps. We literally have things popping out of the ground...as if to say...don't forget who you are, Cukierski's. There's a reason you are HERE.
When we bought the land in 2008, my faith was in pieces...literally shattered by many things that had happened to me. I swear it was the prayers of friends, St. Kateri and THIS LAND that helped heal me....and brought me back to my Catholic faith.
In prayer, I received the words, "Not only has this land healed YOU, it will be used to HEAL others". Talk about a major case of the Holy Spirit goosebumps!
Walt has offered to donate a portion of his bead collection to help fund the Giving Missions (which deals mostly with pediatric needs). Obviously these are rare and limited.
Your package will include an authentic bead from the 1600's, where the first Jesuit Mission to the Indians occurred, a St. Kateri Tekakwitha Holy Card, a St. Kateri Tekakwitha pendant/medal and a history sheet.