True to God, True to Self
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Lily of the Mohawks was born in 1656 and baptized Catherine Tekakwitha in New Netherlands, New York. Kateri’s (which is Mohawk for Catherine) mother was an Algonquin that was captured by the Mohawks and married a Mohawk Chief. At the age of four Kateri contracted smallpox and left her disfigured. Although she survived, her parents did not and she was raised by her uncle, a Mohawk Chief. At the age of 19, she converted to Catholicism and escaped to Montreal. She lived a prayerful life to her death at the age of 24. Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 21, 2012; becoming the first Native American Saint in the Roman Catholic Church.