Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Saint of the Day:  Kateri Tekakwitha, “Lily of the Mohawks”

Algonquin/Mohawk, b. 1656 (what is now New York), d. 1680 (Canada)

Born in the village where, ten years earlier, the Jesuit missionaries Rene Goupil, Father Isaac Jogues, and John LeLande were martyred; orphaned and disfigured by a smallpox epidemic; baptized at 20, she was stoned and denied food because she would not work on Sundays; she travelled 200 miles until she reached the Catholic Indian mission of Saint Francis Xavier at Sault Saint-Louis; first Native North American to be canonized
patron of ecology, exiles, loss of parents, people ridiculed for their piety


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