Lily of the Mohawks Inspires Catholic Piety and Action

Today, Friday, July 14, is the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, better known as the Lily of the Mohawks. Kateri was born to an Algonquin mother and Mohawk father in 1656. When she was four years old, her face was disfigured by smallpox and she lost most of her sight. She met Jesuit missionaries who baptized her, and she became known for her holiness. She died at age of 24, but her saintliness was never forgotten and miracles were attributed to her. She was canonized as a saint in 2012. St. Kateri’s shrine is part of the St. Francis Xavier Mission, just outside Montreal. The St. Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center takes Kateri as its patron saint as it seeks to promote Catholic teaching on the value of human life and God’s creation.