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Katharine Mary Drexel

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Alexandra Demers

on 6 April 2010

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Katharine Mary Drexel born on November 26, 1858, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away on March 3, 1955 at the age of 96 years old. She was a roman
catholic Saint
and daughter
of Francis Anthony
Drexel and Hannah
Langstroth. Her
family was quite wealthy. Katharine dedicated her whole life to the needs of oppressed Native Americans and Blacks in the West and Southwest United States. Around this time the blacks and native Americans were treated extremely poorly. Major racially structured institutions include
slavery, Native American reservations,
segregation, internment camps,
affirmative action, residential schools
(for Native Americans), and much more. She was a vocal advocate of racial tolerance. To address racial injustice and spread the Gospel to these groups, Katharine established a religious order, her Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. Katharine felt a universal need for education, especially among Blacks and Native Americans, so she financed more than 60 missions and schools around the United States. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 1, 2000, becoming the second canonized American-born saint after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton who was canonized in 1975 The Vatican identified in Katharine a fourfold 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. She is now known as the Patron Saint of racial justice and of philanthropists.
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