Apr. 17, 1680 Kahnawake Monteregie Region Quebec, Canada
Roman Catholica Religious Figure. Born to a Christian Algonquin and a Mohawk chief, she was orphaned in a smallpox epidemic which also left her pockmarked and nearly blind. At the age of twenty she asked to be baptized by missionary Jesuits. Her family persecuted her for her conversion to Christianity and her refusal to marry, causing her to flee almost three hundred miles to the Saint Francois-Xavier Mission near Montreal. She lived there for four years and was known for her great faith and love before dying at the age of twenty-four. Eyewitnesses recorded that her scars vanished and her face became radiant fifteen minutes after she died. She is the first Native American considered for sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church, and is is one miracle away from canonization. Her bones rest in a sealed marble tomb at the St. Francis-Xavier Mission in Kahnawake, Quebec.