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St. Katharine Drexel

March 2018

St Katharine DrezelIf we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.
-Katharine Drexel

Saint Katharine Drexel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After visiting the Western states and seeing firsthand the suffering of the Native American population she desperately wanted to help. Her father died in 1885, leaving her and her two sisters a large inheritance. Katharine and her sisters immediately started to donate the money to various charities, including Missions in the West. In a private audience Katharine asked Pope Leo XIII to provide the missions with more missionaries. The Pope then asked Katharine to become a missionary. At this point Katharine decided to devote her life as well as her inheritance to serve the Native and African American populations in the United States. Katharine entered the religious life and established the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament whose mission is to create schools for Native and African Americans. At the time of her death Katharine’s order had over 500 members and had es-tablished 145 missions, 49 elementary schools, 12 high schools and Xavier University. To this day the order works in over 21 states and Haiti. Katharine Drexel is the patron saint of racial justice and philanthropists. Her feast day is March 3.

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