Saint Kateri Adopted
Saint Kateri was adopted by her uncle who urged her to marry an Iroquois warrior who was her age. She refused because she knew how cruel the Iroquois were.
In 1675, a Jesuit missionary named Father Jacques de Lamberville, saw Saint Kateri near the Mohawk River. He described her as a “beautiful lily”. Saint Kateri later became known as Kateri, Lily of the Mohawk. Father Jacques took her to live at the St. Francis Xavier Mission close to Montreal. Saint Kateri received her First Communion in 1676 on Christmas Day.
Saint Kateri Vows Chastity
Saint Kateri vowed a life of chastity and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the feast of the Annunciation in 1679. She carried her rosary wherever she went for the rest of her life. Saint Kateri became weak from the extreme penances she imposed upon herself.
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Dies
Saint Kateri quietly died in 1680 during Holy Week. As she passed away, she spoke the names of Jesus and Mary. Shortly after her death, miracles were attributed to her.