Lily of the Mohawks
The statue of Lily of the Mohawks is one of the most moving one I’ve seen. There’s a feeling of peace surrounding her.
The statue of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, by Estella Loretto, Native American sculptress, was unveiled August 16, 2003, at the very beautiful Saint Francis Basilica in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Archbishop Michael Sheehan commissioned the statue’s sculpture as “a sign of my love for her and also as a sign of my love for the Native Americans of the archdiocese." Her name, Kateri, is the Mohawk form of Catherine, which she took from St. Catherine of Siena. Kateri was a Mohawk and Algonquin Indian born in 1656 along the Mohawk River Valley in what is now central New York state. St. Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. She is the patroness of ecology and the environment, people in exile and Native Americans.
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