ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA – Patron of Environment
Kateri was the first Native American to become canonized. She was the daughter of a Christian woman, and ended up marrying a non-Christian Mohawk chief. When she converted to the Faith she was abused for her choice, and fled to a Christian Native American settlement. Many Christian Native Americans frequent her grave.
b. 1656 Ossermenon, Iroquois Confederacy (modern day NY) d. 4/17/1680, Caughnawaga, Canada
Patronage: Ecologists, people in exile, Native Americans, Environmentalists Feast Day: July 14
Memorial Day July 14