Saint April 17 : St. Kateri Tekakwitha the “Lily of the Mohawks” and Patron of Ecology and Natives and Mohawks (in Canada)
KATERI’S LIFEIn 1656, Kateri Tekakwitha known as “Lily of the Mohawks” was born of an Algonquin mother and Mohawk father in Ossernenon in the Mohawk Valley, now known as Auriesville, New York. Kateri was four years old when the horrible European disease of smallpox devastated her village. Many perished along with Kateri’s parents and younger brother. She survived the deadly disease but her eyesight was greatly affected and her face ravaged with smallpox scars.
|Born:||1656, Ossernenon, Iroquois Confederacy (Modern Auriesville, New York)|
|Died:||17 April 1680 at Caughnawaga, Canada|
|Beatified:||22 June 1980 by Pope John Paul II|
|Major Shrine:||St Francis Xavier Church, Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada|
FEAST DAY is April 17 in Canada and July 14 in the USA