Tekakwitha, Kateri 
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1656  - 1680
Kateri Tekakwitha was born in 1656 in the Mohawk Territory to an Iroquois chief father and an Algonquian Christian mother. According to religion historians Edwin Gaustad and Leigh Schmidt, the place of her birth was "probably in the very village where Isaac Jogues met his death." After being instructed in the Catholic faith by Jesuit missionaries and other Native Americans who already were Catholics, she was baptized into the church in 1676.

Although she never took formal religious vows, Tekakwitha lived in a French mission convent in what is now Canada and became noted in her own lifetime for her asceticism. Her personal holiness and accounts of miracles after her death made Tekakwitha a subject of popular devotion in Canada and the United States. Tekakwitha was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1980 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.
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Kateri Tekakwitha statue- Flickr- photo by Frank Tellez (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Kateri Tekakwitha portrait- Wikimedia Commons

Kateri Tekakwitha statue- Internet Archive- from A Shrine in the Mohawk Valley by Auriesville, NY
Book/Journal Source(s)
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Gaustad, Edwin S. and Leigh Schmidt, 2004. The Religious History of America: The Heart of the American Story from Colonial Times to Today. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco.
Web Source(s)
"Tekakwitha (Tagaskouita, Tegakwitha), Kateri (Catherine)" Dictionary of Canadian Biography
Web Page Contributor
William S. Cossen
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in History

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