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Monday, 22 October 2012

Saint's Corner: Kateri Tekakwitha

Name: Kateri Tekakwitha, also known as Catherina Tekakwitha
Birth & Death: 1656 - 17 April 1680
Feast Day: July 14
Country of Origin: USA
History: Kateri was the daughter of a Catholic Algonquin woman and a non-Christian Mohawk chief. She was orphaned in a smallpox outbreak, and was left with significant scars and impaired vision herself. She went on to live with an aunt and uncle, who tried to pressure her into marriage as a teenager but she refused. She converted after meeting Jesuit missionaries who came to her village and was baptised at age 20. After her conversion she was shunned and ridiculed by her family and the rest of her village. Her Jesuit teachers suggested to move to a Jesuit mission in Kahnawake, Canada, where many other native converts lived. In 1679 she took a vow of chastity.


Catholic Encyclopaedia
Lily of the Mohawks
National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine

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