Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – 1680), also known as Lily of the Mohawks, was a Native American convert to Roman Catholicism. As a religious lay woman, she was shunned and basically exiled by her tribe, dying at the age of 24. Known for her chastity, she became the first Native American woman to be venerated in the Church. Kateri was beatified by Blessed John Paul II in 1980 and Pope Benedict XVI officially announced on February 18, 2012 that she will be canonized on October 21, 2012. Her feast day is July 14.