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(Posted 9 a.m., Oct. 21)
Orléans Catholic school's namesake granted sainthood
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Kateri Tekakwitha was a 17th century Mohawk woman who remain steadfast to her faith despite the ravages of small pox and the persecution of non-Christian natives. File photo

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School in Chapel Hill will soon become St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic scool after the 17th century Mohawk woman was among six people granted sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday.

Known as "Lily of the Mohawks", Tekakwitha was born in 1656 to a pagan Iroquis father and a Christian Algonquin mother. Her parents and only brother died when she was four during a small pox epidemic that left her nearly blind and her face badly scarred.

After her parents death she was adopted by her Mohawk uncle and was baptized Catholic by Jesuit missionaries. As a young woman she was ostracized and persecuted by other natives for her faith. She died in 1680 at the age of 24.

Tekakwitha's body is entombed in a marble shrine at the St. Francis-Xavier Church in Kahnawake.

She became a candidate for canonization after the Catholic church ruled that she provided devine intervention in the 2006 case of a five-year-old American boy who battled for his life after suffering from flesh-eating bacteria.

Jake Finkbonner was so close to death that his parents had last rites performed and were discussing donating his organs. His recovery from the infection was deemed medically inexplicable by the Vatican. and could only have been a result of Kateri Tekakwitha's intervention.

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