Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk girl converted by Jesuits, was persecuted by her people because of her new faith. Later, as the first Indian nun among the Iroquois, she was called the “Lily of the Mohawks.” In 1681, a year after her death, Father Claude Chauchetiere painted this portrait of her at Quebec.

Pope John Paul II beatified Kateri on June 22, 1980. Pope Benedict XVI announced that she would be canonized on October 21, 2012.

Lord God, you called the virgin, blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, to shine among the Indian people as an example of innocent life.

Through her intercession, may all peoples of every tribe, tongue, and nation, having been gathered into your Church, proclaim your greatness in one song of praise. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.