This St. Kateri Tekakwitha patron saint medal features the saint holding a rosary with a halo surrounding her head. This medal is affordably priced so many can begin a devotion to this unique saint, the first Native American Indian! St. Kateri Tekakwitha, one of our newest Catholic saints, was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012. St. Kateri Tekakwitha lived in present day New York. She was the daughter of a Mohawk chief father and a Catholic mother, and was orphaned at a young age due to an illness that ravaged her village. She converted to the Catholic faith through the Jesuit missionary priests, even enduring ridicule and death threats for doing so. Kateri lived from 1656-1680 and died when she was only 24 years old. She was known by the Jesuit missionary priests as living a sanctified life of prayer and penance.