About Saint Kateri
Saint Kateri was born in 1656 in what is known in present-day as Auriesville, New York. Saint Kateri's father was a warrior of the Mohawk indians. Her mother died when St. Kateri was still quite young because of an outbreak of smallpox. Kateri was also affected by the sickness, but was able to fend it off before it could kill her as well.
After her mother's death, Kateri was taken in by her uncle and aunt. They had Kateri baptized, which was extremely controversial at the time. Many native tribes were being forced to convert to Christianity and were not just giving in easily. However, even when her own tribe hated her for her faith, Kateri would not give up.
Kateri got word of a colony of Indians being started up in Canada. The tribe was for Christian converts only. Kateri moved to this colony and was able to openly practice her Christian ways without receiving criticism or hate.
Kateri would spend the rest of her life at the colony, living in peace. She would pass away in April of 1680, at the young age of just twenty four. Kateri is the patron saint of the environment.
Kateri was Beatified in the year 1980 by Pope John Paul II, and her feast day falls on July 14th each year.