Who was St. Kateri?

Today, on July 14, the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the Patron Saint of the Environment, is celebrated in the USA.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 - 1680) was a Native American girl born to a Mohawk chief and his Catholic wife. St. Kateri learned about Jesus from her mother and also from Jesuit missionaries. She was badly scarred by a disease that also took her family’s lives. She stayed with an uncle who objected to her faith. So she fled to a Catholic native village where she helped the sick, did penance for sinners and lived a life of prayer. St. Kateri is the patron saint of Native Americans and the environment. Her feast day is on 17 April (Canada) and 14 July (USA).

St. Kateri, pray for us!

St. Kateri activity templates for kids are available in the Happy Saints A to Z eBook

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