Lily of the Mohawks: St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Oil painting by Father Pierre Cholenec (1682-1693). He knew Kateri personally in life and was at her death bed.

July 14th | Memorial of St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680)

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, patroness of our novitiate house in Upper Marlboro, MD. The novitiate is where the initial stages of religious life are experienced and a more serious vocational discernment takes place. In a special way we pray for our novices today!

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Among the earliest gems of the Church in North America is Kateri Tekakwitha, a young Iroquois who was born in the 1600’s of a Christian Algonquin mother and a non-Christian Iroquois chief, in Quebec, Canada. Having lost her parents at the age of fourteen, she was raised among the Mohawks in the home of an uncle. There she first encountered Christian missionaries, and was baptized on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1676. Because of her baptism, her exemplary life, and her desire to remain a virgin, Kateri suffered great persecution. She died at age twenty-four known as the “Lily of the Mowhawks,” since she had given herself over entirely to care for the sick and long hours of prayer and penance. She was beatified in 1980 by Saint Pope John Paul II, and canonized on October 21, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Her body is buried in the church of the Native American  reserve of Kahnawake, Quebec.

We share with you a video that our novices made in her honor.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!