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St. Kateri

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Kateri was born in New York, in the year 1656, as the daughter of a Mohawk warrior.  She was four years old when her mother died of smallpox.  The disease also attacked Kateri and transfigured her face.  She was adopted by her two aunts and an uncle. Kateri converted as a teenager to Catholicism and was baptized at the age of twenty and incurred the great hostility of her tribe.  She suffered greatly for her Faith, but she remained firm in it, and Kateri went to a new colony of Chrisian Indians in Canada, and dedicated herself to prayer, penitential practices, and care for the sick and aged.  Every morning, even in bitterest winter, she stood before the door of the church until it opened at four and stayed there until after the last Mass.  She was devoted to Jesus and the Eucharist.  She died on April 17, 1680 at the age of twenty-four.   She is now known as the "Lily of the Mohawks."  Kateri was declared venerable by the Catholic Church in 1943 and she was Beatified in 1980, and is the first Native American to be declared a saint.  Her feastday is July 14th.  

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