Thursday, March 3, 2011

Feast Day: St. Katherine Drexel

St. Katherine Drexel, born into a fabulously wealthy family, spent an estimated $20 million of her family fortune to help the African- and Native-Americans throughout the country.  She opened schools, convents and centers throughout the country, including Xavier University, in New Orleans some 80 years ago.  A tireless worker for minorities, St. Katherine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and at the age of 77 suffered a major heart attack which left her confined to the motherhouse in Pennsylvania.  The last 20 years of her life were spent in prayer for her sisters and the minorities.  She died in 1955 and was canonized by JPtheGreat in 2000, one of only five canonized American-citizens (and the second born in the United States).


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