St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” St. Kateri was born in 1656. She was the daughter of a Mohawk chief and his Christian bride. A smallpox epidemic resulted in the death of Kateri’s parents and the disfigurement of her face at the tender age of four. After French Jesuit priests visited her tribe, she became a Catholic and consecrated virgin. She died at age 24 and is the first Native American saint. St. Kateri’s feast day is July 14th, and she is the patron saint of ecologists.