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Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Known as the Lily of the Mohawks, St. Kateri was born in 1656 and baptized Catherine Tekakwitha in New Netherlands, New York. Kateri is Mohawk for Catherine. Her mother was an Algonquin who was captured by the Mohawks and married 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.