Saint July 14 : St. Kateri Tekakwitha the Patron of Ecology and Natives - Known as the "Lily of the Mohawks"
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|