Saint Katharine Drexel, S.B.S., (November 26, 1858 – March 3, 1955) was an American religious sister, heiress, philanthropist and educator, later canonized as a Roman Catholic saint.

Saint Katharine Drexel, S.B.S., (November 26, 1858 – March 3, 1955) was an American religious sister, heiress, philanthropist and educator, later canonized as a Roman Catholic saint.

The spirit of poverty: St. Katharine Drexel. Katharine Mary Drexel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 1858, to Francis Anthony Drexel and Hannah Langstroth. Her family owned a considerable banking fortune, and her uncle Anthony Joseph Drexel was the founder of Drexel University in Philadelphia. She took religious vows, dedicating herself and her inheritance to the needs of Native Americans and African-Americans in the western and southwestern United States.

The spirit of poverty: St. Katharine Drexel. Katharine Mary Drexel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 1858, to Francis Anthony Drexel and Hannah Langstroth. Her family owned a considerable banking fortune, and her uncle Anthony Joseph Drexel was the founder of Drexel University in Philadelphia. She took religious vows, dedicating herself and her inheritance to the needs of Native Americans and African-Americans in the western and southwestern United States.

Saint Katharine Drexel was amazing!  In an era of crushing racism in America, she reached out to the non-white peoples and dedicated her life to the material and spiritual well-being of black and native Americans.  What a heroine!!

Saint Katharine Drexel was amazing! In an era of crushing racism in America, she reached out to the non-white peoples and dedicated her life to the material and spiritual well-being of black and native Americans. What a heroine!!

Saint Katharine Drexel, daughter of a wealthy railroad magnate, she used her fortune to help the Sioux, and to found Xavier University.

Saint Katharine Drexel, daughter of a wealthy railroad magnate, she used her fortune to help the Sioux, and to found Xavier University.

St. Katharine Drexel Chapel- Xavier University The massive 400-seat church sanctuary with vaulting octagonal ceilings and detailed limestone walls was built with a completely hidden infrastructure. Indirect light filters in through the numerous perforated aluminum chancel screens and art glass throughout.

St. Katharine Drexel Chapel- Xavier University The massive 400-seat church sanctuary with vaulting octagonal ceilings and detailed limestone walls was built with a completely hidden infrastructure. Indirect light filters in through the numerous perforated aluminum chancel screens and art glass throughout.

"We are all called to be saints." - St. Katharine Drexel (1858 -1955) came from a rich American family. Although she had a privileged life, she used all her wealth to help others, especially Native Americans and African-Americans. St. Katharine established the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, an order of nuns who help oppressed people. She founded many schools and missions with her own money. She had great love for Jesus in the Eucharist andbelievedinthe…

"We are all called to be saints." - St. Katharine Drexel (1858 -1955) came from a rich American family. Although she had a privileged life, she used all her wealth to help others, especially Native Americans and African-Americans. St. Katharine established the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, an order of nuns who help oppressed people. She founded many schools and missions with her own money. She had great love for Jesus in the Eucharist andbelievedinthe…

Lakota women in buckskin near tipi, 1941 :: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions  **the lovely woman on the left has on buckskin with cowrie shells, which is quite unusual. Nice!**

Lakota women in buckskin near tipi, 1941 :: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions **the lovely woman on the left has on buckskin with cowrie shells, which is quite unusual. Nice!**

avecruxspesunica:  St. Katharine Drexel (1858-1955) was a wealthy heiress from a prominent family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From a young age she felt called to serve the spiritual and physical needs of the underprivileged, particularly the African American and Native American communities. She learned charity through her parents, who often opened their home to the poor. She began by donating money, but quickly realized this would not create the lasting change these communities…

avecruxspesunica: St. Katharine Drexel (1858-1955) was a wealthy heiress from a prominent family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From a young age she felt called to serve the spiritual and physical needs of the underprivileged, particularly the African American and Native American communities. She learned charity through her parents, who often opened their home to the poor. She began by donating money, but quickly realized this would not create the lasting change these communities…

St. Katharine Drexel - Founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier University, and countless schools and missions for the underserved and minorities. Feast day - 3/3. Lord, may I be as open and giving in life as St. Katharine, who devoted her life and all of her earthly resources to educating, caring for, and evangelizing the underserved in our society.

St. Katharine Drexel - Founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier University, and countless schools and missions for the underserved and minorities. Feast day - 3/3. Lord, may I be as open and giving in life as St. Katharine, who devoted her life and all of her earthly resources to educating, caring for, and evangelizing the underserved in our society.

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