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St. Katharine Drexel
Transcript of St. Katharine Drexel
Her uncle was the founder of Drexel University
St. Katharine's mother died five weeks after her birth
Soon after, St, Katharine's father married a very religious woman, Emma Bouvier
Emma played a large role in the foundation of Katharine's faith
The family donated a great deal
They gave out food, clothing and rent money twice a week from their home She entered society in 1879
After her stepmother died of terminal cancer, Katharine realized that all the money in the world could not keep your loved one's safe
In 1884, Katharine traveled out West where she was shocked to see the treatment and the condition of the Native Americans
Her father died soon after in 1885, leaving her and two of her sisters with a fortune of about 14 million (about 250 million today)
Katharine and her siblings donated much of the money to help the plight of the Native After meeting with Pope Leo XIII about missionaries, Katharine was inspired to become a missionary herself
She entered the Sister of Mercy Convent in 1889 and dedicated herself, and her fortune to helping the well-being of the Native Americans and African Americans
This decision shocked the social scene of Philadelphia In 1891, Saint Katharine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, which focused on working with African Americans and Native Americans
The congregation was founded by her mass fortune
Katharine opened schools across the United States to educate the African Americans and Native Americans
The congregation faced fierce opposition by those who still viewed African Americans as inferior
The KKK and other hate groups vandalized buildings and schools Americans Death Despite harsh opposition, St. Katharine Drexel went on to found many schools across the country and opened Xavier University in Louisianna
In 1935, she suffered a heart attack that left her an infirm
She continued, however, to work for her life's goal until her death in 1955 Veneration The beginning of the cause for St. Katharine Drexel's sainthood began in 1966
She was declared Venerable in 1987 and was beatified in 1988 by Blessed Pope John Paul II
Blessed Pope John Paul II canonized her in 2000
She is the second American-born Saint
Her Feast Day is March 3
She is the Patron Saint of racial justice and philanthropists St. Katharine Drexel Shrine Located in Bensalem, PA
Her tomb lies under the main alter of St. Elizabeth's Chapel