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She was born in 1656 near the town of Auriesville, New York, the daughter of a Mohawk warrior.  She was baptized by Jesuit missionary Father Jacques de Lambertville on Easter of 1676 at the age of twenty.  She devoted her life to prayer, penitential practices and the care of the sick and aged in Caughnawaga... Read more »