Saint Katharine Drexel

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By Catholic Digest Staff


St. Katharine Drexel
Feast day: March 3

Born to a wealthy Philadelphia banking family, Katharine and her two sisters were taught by her father and stepmother to love God and to help those in need. When they died, Katharine inherited a substantial fortune. At age 30, she joined the Sisters of Mercy with the intention of founding her own order, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (1891), to work among African and Native Americans. She used her inheritance to establish schools and missions throughout the South and on Indian reservations. After suffering a severe heart attack (1935), she spent the next 20 years in prayerful retire­ment. She was canonized in October 2000. May we imitate her devotion to the Eucharist as the source of unity and justice among all races and peoples.

Catholic Digest Staff