Saint Kateri, or Catherine, Tekakwitha was the daughter of a Christian Native American Algonquin woman who was captured by members of the Iroquois tribe. She was also married to a non-Christian Mohawk chief. She was orphaned at the age of four, during a smallpox epidemic - and that is why she is the patron of those who have lost her parents.
She survived smallpox, but was left with a scarred face and impaired eyesight. Kateri was converted and baptized in 1676 by Jesuit missionary, Father Jacques de Lambertville. Her relatives abused and exiled her because of her new faith, but this did not change her mind or sway her strength of conviction.
Three years later she escaped to the Christian Native American village of Sault-Sainte-Marie after surviving a grueling journey of 200 miles of wilderness. She then made vow of chastity.
Known for spirituality, miracles and her austere lifestyle, Kateri's grave became a pilgrimage site and place of miracles for Christian Native Americans and French colonists. She is the first Native American Indian to have been proposed for canonization as a saint.
This highly detailed three dimensional charm measures 3/4 inch high by 1/8 inch wide.
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