Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, baptised as Catherine Tekakwitha and informally known as Lily of the Mohawks (1656 – April 17, 1680), is a Roman Catholic saint, of Algonquin-Mohawk descent.
Born in Auriesville (now part of New York), she survived smallpox and was left with scars on her face and body when cured. She was orphaned as a child, then baptized as a Roman Catholic and settled for the last years of her life at the Jesuit mission village of Kahnawake, south of Montreal in New France, now Canada.
After Tekakwitha's death, the scars on her face cleared and she became known as one of the most beautiful women in her tribe. Known for her virtue of chastity as well as being shunned by her tribe for her religious conversion to Catholicism, she is the fourth Native American to be venerated in the Roman Catholic Church.
She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1980 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter's Basilica on October 21, 2012. Various miracles are attributed to her intercession.