Nation. As a young boy, Christian was a devout Catholic who prayed often,
attended Mass regularly and honoured his mother and elders.
On Oct. 5, 2004, at the age of 21, he died in a head-on collision while
coming home from the nightshift at an oilrig company, where he had been
working for eight months.
"He really had a lot of love for the youth," says his mother Caroline. "He
just tried to be a real good role model to them. He was completely alcohol
and drug free; he was a devout young Catholic. He went to Church all the
Eucharist was his life
"He knew that the Holy Communion was so important to him; like that was his
life, his strength."
He would go to church even if Caroline wasn’t home to take him. "Sometimes
he would be the only youth representative in the Church but he used to sit
quietly in the back."
"I always thought he would become a priest one day."
– Caroline Alexis
Christian lived a simple life. "He hardly ate any junk food; he didn’t even
drink pop and he didn’t smoke cigarettes. He just tried to keep his body
clean anyway he could."
He was a great teacher to Caroline. "He taught me how to shop properly when
I go shopping for groceries," she laughed. "But the greater teaching he gave
me was unconditional love and to be patient."
Christian was a model son who completely obeyed his mom. "He really honoured
me as his mother," Caroline said. "And he had such love for little children.
When I think back about my son’s activities, what I think more than anything
is the little children he used to see and used to give things to. I think he
was just too good for this world."
He started to work on the oil rigs because he wanted to save money to take
his mom to Poland to see the Sanctuary of St. Faustina and to pay for his
education. He was planning to go to university to study environmental
sciences "because the environmental issues were so important to him. He
wouldn’t even allow his little nieces and nephews to litter the ground or
the yard at home; he always made sure everything was picked up and my house
Christian attended church at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in the Alexis
Nakota Sioux Nation. He never missed the youth Mass at the Lac Ste. Anne
He prayed the rosary regularly and also prayed the chaplet of Divine Mercy
of St. Faustina.
A former parish priest at Our Lady of the Lake used to say Christian was cut
out to be a priest. "And I always thought he would become a priest one day
Christian was born and raised in Alexis and went to school in the Alexis
Nakota Sioux Nation school where he attended Grades 1 to 12.
"Living in that community, there was so much alcohol and drugs, all kinds of
dysfunctional things happening, but he never veered away from his belief to
God," Caroline said.
"If he was standing here today and you asked him what makes him different he
would say the Holy Eucharist."