St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Feast Day: July 14
Patron of: The Environment and Ecology
The first Native American canonized saint, St. Kateri Tekakwitha was the daughter of a
Mohawk chief of the Turtle Clan. The Mohawk nation along with four other nations buried
their weapons to be at peace. These nations are represented by the white and purple
Hiawatha Belt across the top of the sock. As a young girl, Kateri was commonly seen wearing a blanket to hide her face because of scars that developed as a result of smallpox. She lost her entire family to the smallpox epidemic and was adopted by her uncle. Known as the Lily of the Mohawks, Kateri refused to marry and as a result, her family punished her with additional work. At age 19, Kateri converted to Catholicism, taking a vow of chastity and only desiring to marry Jesus. She then traveled south of Montreal to join a Christian native community and live out her mission of charity and prayer.