Kateri Tekakawitha

Kateri Tekakawitha

Patron of Evacuees and Exiles
Invoked for Survival in Desperate times
Feast Day: July 14

Kateri’s story took place long ago! Kateri was the daughter of a Mohawk Chief and Catholic Algomquin. At the age of 4, Kateri lost her Mother, Father, and brother when they all died from Smallpox. Kateri managed to survive but her face was left disfigured and she was partially blind. Being left alone at such an early age it is quite fitting that her name means “The One Who Walks Groping for Her Way.” Kateri lived with her Aunt and Uncle and it seems miraculous she persevered. She became known as an extremely skilled beader and it is said that upon her death her scarred face miraculously healed. In Catholicism, Kateri has not yet been declared a Saint because two miracles have not been attributed to her. But the very act of her surviving seems clearly miraculous to us and we believe she is Saint Kateri Tekakawitha, a shining star and role model. Kateri’s courage should serve as an inspiration to all who have suffered greatly in the deep South. © 2002

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