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Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Pronounced ‘gaderi dega’gwita, in Mohawk, baptized as Catherine and informally known as Lily of the Mohawks!  She was born in 1656 and died in 1680 at the age of 24.  She is a Roman Catholic saint who was an Algonquin-Mohawk laywoman.  Born in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon, she contracted smallpox in an epidemic; her family died and her face was scarred.  She converted to Roman Catholicism at age nineteen when she was renamed Kateri with St. Catherine of Siena as her patron.  Refusing to marry, she left her village and moved for the remaining five years of her life to the Jesuit mission village of Kahnawake, south of Montreal in New France, now Canada.  Tekakwitha took a devout vow of perpetual virginity.  Upon her death at the age of 24, witnesses said that minutes later her scars vanished and her face appeared radiant and beautiful.  Known for her virtue of chastity and mortification of the flesh, as well as being shunned by some of her tribe for her religious conversion to Catholicism, she is the fourth Native American to be venerated in the Roman Catholic Church.  She was beatified by Pope John Paul II,  and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, October 21, 2012.  There will be no Mass celebrated today; but please remember St. Kateri Tekakwitha. 

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