The First Native American SaintKATERI TEKAKWITHA
EARLY LIFE Born in 1656 to an Algonquin Catholic woman and a Mohawk Chief. Entire Family Killed at age of four, do to smallpox outbreak. Adopted by uncle, who is also a Mohawk chief
EARLY LIFE CONTINUED At age eight she is promised to a young Mohawk boy. Does not want to be married because she wants to dedicate her life to God. At age ten her village is attacked be a French and Indian war party. Moves to Caughnawaga were she lives for the next ten years.
CONVERSION When Kateri is eighteen a Jesuit Missionary, named Father de Lamberville, establishes a Chapel within the Village. Kateri is Baptized at the age of twenty by Father de Lamberville on Easter Sunday. She is given the name Catherine, which is Kateri in Iroquois.
THE ESCAPE In July 1677 Kateri leaves Caughnawaga to escape persicution in her village. She goes to a Catholic Mission for Catholic Native Americans, called St. Francis Xavier at Sault Saint-Louis, near Montreal.
LIFE IN THE MISSION Kateri would help the sick and poor. She would fashion wooden crosses and put them in the woods to remind her to pray to God. She told stories about the Life of Jesus Christ to people. March 25, 1679: Kateri makes her vow of Perpetual Virginity.
DEATH Kateri dies in 1680 at the age of 24, do to health problems. Kateri’s final words were, “Jesus, I love You.” Her face is miraculously cleared of pox marks, that she received as a child during the smallpox epidemic in Ossernenon .
PRINCIPLES TO LEARN FROM KATERI Kateri dedicated her Life to serving God by taking care of His children through example of prayer, good deeds, teaching about Jesus Christ, helping the sick and poor, and taking a vow of perpetual virginity.
EXTRA INFORMATION Kateri Tekakwitha was declared Blessed by the Catholic Church in 1980 by Pope John Paul II. She is being Canonized a Saint on October 21, 2012.