St KAteri Tekawatha

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St KAteri Tekawatha

Born:1656 Auriesville, NYDied: April 17, 1680, Kahnawake 14, Canada

St. Kateri Tekakawitha

St. Kateri Tekawitha was apart of the Mohawk tribe; in 1661-1663 the entire tribe suffered a severe smallpox epidemic, killing many. When she was 4 years old, she contracted smallpox, and so did her baby brother and both of her parents. Her brother and parents both died from the smallpox epidemic; she survived but was left with a scarred face. She converted to Roman Catholicism at age nineteen. Tekakwitha took a devout vow of perpetual virginity. Upon her death at the age of 24, minutes later witnesses said 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 her tribe for her religious conversion toCatholicism, she is the fourth Native American to be venerated in the Roman Catholic Church and the first to be canonized.She is a role model for teens because of her strength, chastity, and self-reliance. Strength because at a young age her family passed away and her face was scared, yet she never questioned God, all while staying strong. Chasity because she took a devout vow of perpetual virginity. And Self- Reliance because she never felt the need of having a man in her life. Her independence, strength, and chastity, are all characteristics of a great Role Model. - Dominique Arciniega

“I am not my own; I have given myself to Jesus. He must be my only love. The state of helpless poverty that may befall me if I do not marry does not frighten me. All I need is a little food and a few pieces of clothing. With the work of my hands I shall always earn what is necessary and what is left over I’ll give to my relatives and to the poor. If I should become sick and unable to work, then I shall be like the Lord on the cross. He will have mercy on me and help me, I am sure.” - St. Kateri Tekakwitha

To God and Us

In St. Kateri Katakwitha's right had she holds the most important symbol of her tribe, the Iroquois, a large tree symbolizing peace. The tree means that under neath it, everyone can find a place. The tree rests on a turtle's back which represents the earth. Meaning that the everyone can find a place on earth.

St. Kateri holds a significant contribution to our church. Because her family and tribe mates persecuted her for her faith, she suffered greatly. But remaining attached to Jesus, she was dedicated to prayer and care for the sick and aged. She would stand outside of the chapel in the bitter cold from four in the morning until the end of the last mass that day. She established Native American ministries and Catholic Churches in North America and was the first Native American to be declared a saint.


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