St Kateri of Tekakwitha


St. Kateri is the patron saint of Native Americans and she was the first Native American saint. Her name is St. Kateri Tekakwitha and Tekakwitha was her name because growing up she had a disease called Smallpox and that caused her to not see. The word Tekakwitha means, “bumps into things.” St. Kateri had parents when she was around 2 years old and then they died of Smallpox. She died at the age of 24 on April 17, 1680, and was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012. St. Kateri was also known for her kind actions. As a school, we celebrate her feast day to remind us to be kind like her.

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