Saint Kateri Tekakwitha


Web-Ready-Kateri-Tekakwitha Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American Saint, represents devotion to faith and her people.

Kateri Tekakwitha was born to parents from different tribes, Algonquin Mohawk, which marked She alone of her family survived a smallpox outbreak. The kindness shown to her by a priest led Kateri to convert to Catholicism as a teen, which caused difficulties for her within her community. Travelling day and night through the wilderness, Kateri eventually found refuge at the Catholic mission of St. Francis Xavier at Sault Saint-Louis near Montreal. She remained there until her early death at age 24. Mother Mary Cleophas requested that she appear with Saint Rosa of Lima as “the two American Saints.”

Kateri appears holding a cross, a symbol of her devotion. In the predella, she is shown receiving her first communion on Christmas Day, symbolized by the tree is the background.