St. Kateri Tekakwitha

St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon, and given the name Tekakwitha. She contracted small pox during an epidemic and was scarred on her face. She converted at age 19 when she took the name Kateri, honoring St. Catherine. She left her village and moved to the Jesuit mission village of Kahnawake in New France, now Canada. Kateri took a vow of virginity, and witnesses say upon her death, her scars vanished and she became radiantly beautiful. She is the 4th Native American to be venerated in the Roman Catholic Church, and the first to be canonized.

She is the patron of the environment, loss of parents, people in exile and Native Americans

St. Kateri Tekakwitha