Born: Catherine Tekakwitha
Birthplace: Auriesville, New York
Birth and Death: 1656-1680
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was known informally as “Lily of the Mohawks.” She is the first Native American to be declared a saint. After surviving smallpox, she was orphaned as a child. Her mother had been a Christian, and at the age of 18, she was converted to Roman Catholicism and baptized.
Saint Kateri was shunned by her tribe for her religious conversion, so she left her village and went to live out her life at the Jesuit mission village of Kahnawake, south of Montreal in New France, now Canada.
Though partially blind, she lived a life of virtue, kindness to others and devotion to God. She was known as a wonderful storyteller of Biblical stories, and it is said that in church everyone crowded around her, because they felt closer to God as they heard her prayers. Part of her devotion was to inflict penance upon herself. She was never in good health and died young. Descriptions of miracles attributed to her are found on a number of Catholic websites.
The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center
History of Saint Kateri
www.katerishrine.com The National Saint Kateri
Tekakwitha Shrine at Fonda, New York
Sculpture Notes: a gift from the Knights and Ladies
of the Holy Sepulchre and the John Crosby Estate
Sculptor: Estella Lorreto
Installation Date: July, 2003
Media: Bronze, cement base
Location: The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis
of Assisi, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Date of Photos: August, 2009