Monday, March 03, 2008

Memorial USA: St. Katherine Drexel - The Heart of a Woman; the Strength of a Saint.

The religious order of the Blessed Sacrament, for women, was founded by Saint Katherine Drexel solely for the education of American Indians and African Americans. She was born in 1858 to a prominent family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and later endowed her fortune to Catholic schools for the disadvantaged.

From Wikipedia: From the age of 33 until her death in 1955, she dedicated her life and personal fortune of US $20 million to this work. Katharine was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 20, 1988. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 1, 2000 to become only the second recognized American-born saint. The Vatican identified in Katharine a four-fold legacy: A love of the Eucharist and her perspective on the unity of all peoples; courage and initiative in addressing social inequality among minorities; her efforts to achieve quality education for all; and her selfless service, including the donation of her inheritance, for the victims of injustice.

More about her family and life at the Patron Saint Index.


Debbie J. said...

Hi Alexandra, St. Katharine Drexel visited my church in 1910. She was a benefactor of it and also and donated money to build on to what is still our current church building. We built a new building in 1989 called "Drexal Hall" named for her.

Too bad about the fabric, but I really appreciate your thoughtfulness anyway! Thanks!

Alexandra said...

How interesting!