Saint Kateri, Catherine Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mhawks, Tegakouita, Tegakwitha
Auriesville, New York
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April 17, 1680
Not only did she take the vow of chastity but also practiced self-mortification as a way of confirming her faith.
It was believed that sick people were miraculously healed during Saint Kateri Tekakwitha’s funeral.
Kateri Tekakwitha Mohawk: "Te-kak-wee-da" also known as Lily of the Mohawks Anglicized as "Kateri" Katherine (1656 – April 17, 1680) was a 24 year old Algonquian Native American religious lay woman from New France (present-day New York) and an early convert to Roman Catholicism. Consequently, she was shunned by her traditionalist family and community, whose spiritual practices were an integral part of their existence. Known for her chastity and corporal mortification of the flesh, she is the first Native American woman to be venerated in the Roman Catholic Church. Tekakwitha was beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1980 and is scheduled to be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI as early as May 2012.