Kateri Tekakwitha, known as the “Lily of the Mohawks” was born in 1656 of an Algonquin mother and (Kanienke’ha) Mohawk father in Ossernenon in the Mohawk Valley, now known as Auriesville, New York.
She dedicated her life to God and on was declared “Venerable” in 1943 by Pope Pius XII.
On June 22, 1980, Kateri Tekakwitha was beatified by Pope John Paul II and declared “BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA”.
On December 19, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI announced the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha. He signed a decree approving a miracle attributed to Kateri for saving the life of a young boy, Jake Finkbonner who suffered from a flesh eating disease. The official date for her canonization is October 21, 2012 in Rome Italy.
Many people share their personal miracles with Kateri, how their family members were cured, how a special favour was granted. Their faith in her and their thankfulness for her intercession needs no words, their faces say it all.