• 02 Mar 23

Mar 2 - “St. Katharine Drexel” © artwork by Brenda Nippert.

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Katharine was born in Philadelphia to an extraordinarily rich family. They brought her up to be kind and generous especially to those less fortunate. As an adult, she founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to take care of oppressed Black and Native American children. She believed education was the key to making their lives better so she gave up her entire fortune – twenty million dollars – to help them. She had a noble vision of unity and equality for everyone. She opened schools and universities all over. Katharine gave her all, never thinking of herself and she taught her sisters to do the same.


She combined deep faith with American ingenuity to make her family's fortune really mean something. She fought prejudice in every way, even writing letters to the president to protest injustice. Finally, after spending all of her energy, Katharine's health failed, but even that didn't stop her. She spent the last years of her life in prayer for her order and their mission. As her life dwindled her mission blossomed, leaving over five hundred sisters to carry on her work.


Her feast day is March 3.