Monday, March 22, 2010

St. Katharine Drexel (Nov. 26, 1858 to March 3, 1955)

St. Katharine Drexel devoted her life to helping Native Americans and African Americans. She was born on Nov. 26, 1858 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a well-to-do family. She founded what was originially called Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. (It is now called Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament). In 1915, St. Katharine Drexel founded Xavier University in New Orleans, Lousiana.
She died on March 3, 1955 and is the patron saint of racial justice. Canonized: 2000. Her feast day is March 3.

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