St. Kateri was born in 1556. Her mother, an Algonquin Indian, was captured by the Mohawk Indians and the chief married her. Her mother, father, and little brother all died of smallpox. Kateri survived but was scarred and frail. Her uncle took her to live with his family and she endured much suffering after she refused to marry. She escaped from the tribe with a group of missionaries. She went to Mass and received the Eucharist frequently. She died at the age of 24. After her death, her face became smooth and beautiful. She was known as the “Lily of the Mohawks”.
FEAST DAY: July 14
PATRON OF: Environment