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No. 8988 SS St. Kateri Oval Rosary Center


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Size: 7/8". Patron of Environment. The following referenced from the Times Union, Albany, NY 7/20/12: Kateri was born in 1656 in Ossernenon, currently called Auriesville, just west of Amsterdam. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin and her father was a Mohawk chief who died of smallpox when she was 4 years old (a disease that damaged the girl's eyesight and scarred her face). Her mother and younger brother also died during the smallpox epidemic when she was a young girl. At age 10, her village was burned down by French forces. She was given the name Tekakwitha, a native word denoting her poor vision. She defied Mohawk culture by refusing to marry and was further ostracized when she converted to Catholicism at age 20. Two years later, she fled to Canada and lived in a settlement of Christian Indians near Montreal. She led a dozen women who practiced asceticism and cared for children and the elderly in her village. She helped missionaries convert other Indians to Christianity. She is entombed inside the St. Francis-Xavier Church in Kahnawake, Canada. Kateri died at 24. Witnesses who attended her death said her body glowed and the smallpox scars on her face disappeared. She was known as Lily of the Mohawks and miracles have been attributed to her on behalf of faithful supplicants who sought healing. Claims were vetted by Vatican investigators, and Pope Benedict XVI announced her canonization to sainthood after a lengthy process that included beatification in 1980. 

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