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April 17 Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

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catholiconline on March 21, 2016. Also known as Catherine Tekakwitha Lily of the Mohawks Tegakouita Tegakwitha Memorial 17 April 14 July (United States) 25 March on some calendars Profile Daughter…More
catholiconline on March 21, 2016. Also known as
Catherine Tekakwitha Lily of the Mohawks Tegakouita Tegakwitha
Memorial
17 April
14 July (United States)
25 March on some calendars

Profile

Daughter of a Christian Algonquin woman captured by Iroquois and married to a non-Christian Mohawk chief. Orphaned during a smallpox epidemic, which left her with a scarred face and impaired eyesight. Converted and baptized in 1676 by Father Jacques de Lamberville, a Jesuit missionary. Shunned and abused by relatives for her faith. Escaped through 200 miles of wilderness to the Christian Native American village of Sault-Sainte-Marie. Took a vow of chastity in 1679. Known for spirituality and austere lifestyle. Miracle worker. Her grave became a pilgrimage site and place of miracles for Christian Native Americans and French colonists. First Native American proposed for canonization, her cause was started in 1884 under Pope Leo XIII. The Tekakwitha Conference, an international association of Native American Catholics and those in ministry with them, was named for her.

Born

1656 at Osserneon (Auriesville), modern New York, USA

Died

17 April 1680 at Caughnawaga, Canada of natural causes

Venerated

3 January 1943 by Pope Pius XII

Beatified

22 June 1980 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized

21 October 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI

Patronage

ecologists
ecology
environment
environmentalism
environmentalists

exiles
loss of parents
orphans
people ridiculed for their piety

Native Americans

Gallup, New Mexico, diocese of

Prayers

Novena to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

Representation

lily
rosary
turtle

Readings

“Kateri Tekakwitha was born in today’s New York state in sixteen fifty-six to a Mohawk father and a Christian Algonquin mother who gave to her a sense of the living God. She was baptized at twenty years of age and, to escape persecution, she took refuge in Saint Francis Xavier Mission near Montreal. There she worked, faithful to the traditions of her people, although renouncing their religious convictions until her death at the age of twenty-four. Leading a simple life, Kateri remained faithful to her love for Jesus, to prayer and to daily Mass. Her greatest wish was to know and to do what pleased God. She lived a life radiant with faith and purity. Kateri impresses us by the action of grace in her life in spite of the absence of external help and by the courage of her vocation, so unusual in her culture. In her, faith and culture enrich each other! May her example help us to live where we are, loving Jesus without denying who we are. Saint Kateri, Protectress of Canada and the first native American saint, we Entrust to you the renewal of the faith in the first nations and in all of North America! May God bless the first nations!” Pope Benedict XVI canonization homily for Saint Kateri
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