ABOUT ST. KATHARINE DREXEL

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1858 -1955

Born a wealthy, educated Philadelphia socialite of the late 19th century, Katharine Drexel could have made of life what she chose. Her choice came out of her strong Catholic faith and deep compassion for the poor and oppressed among Native and African Americans.

On February 12, 1891 she made her first vows as a religious, founding the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament dedicated to sharing the message of the Gospel and the life of the Eucharist. St. Katharine established many ministries among the poor and led a life devoted to Eucharistic prayer and outreach to the poor.

Because of her lifelong dedication to her faith and her selfless service to the oppressed, Pope John Paul II canonized her on October 1, 2000 to become only the second recognized American-born saint. St. Katharine died on March 3, 1955. and was canonized on October 1, 2000. Her Feast day is March 3rd.

St. Katharine Drexel Novena