Remembering Saint Katharine Drexel

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Remembering Saint Katharine Drexel

Saint Katharine Drexel is the sec­ond American-​born per­son to be can­on­ized by the Catholic Church and her Feast Day is today, March 3. Katharine was born to wealthy par­ents in Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia, on Novem­ber 26, 1858, but her mother died just a few weeks after Katharine was born due to com­pli­ca­tions from child­birth. Katharine’s father remar­ried to a woman named Emma Bou­vier who raised Katharine and her sis­ter as her own chil­dren and who showed them by exam­ple the mean­ing of kind­ness and char­ity because Emma was very active in help­ing the less for­tu­nate and involv­ing her kids in com­mu­nity out­reach. The Drexel fam­ily was deeply faith­ful and believed that their wealth was a tem­po­rary gift that should be used to help other people.

Katharine was trou­bled by the suf­fer­ing and ill treat­ment of Black peo­ple and Native-​American peo­ple at the time so she devoted her life and her for­tune to help­ing them. She founded many schools for Native-​Americans and African-​Americans, includ­ing the first Black Catholic college.

Saint Katharine could have used her wealth and social sta­tus to marry another wealthy per­son, but instead, after meet­ing Pope Leo XIII and at his sug­ges­tion, she became a Mis­sion­ary, and founded the Sis­ters of the Blessed Sacra­ment for Indi­ans and Col­ored Peo­ple in 1891. It was head­line mak­ing news when she chose reli­gious life over high society.

Saint Katharine lived to the age of 96, and she was beat­i­fied in 1988 by Pope John Paul II. There is a shrine to St. Katharine in Ben­salem, PA, where her remains are entombed, but if you wish to visit it you had bet­ter do it soon as the place has been put up for sale and will only per­mit the pub­lic to con­tinue to visit until the end of 2017.

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MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals – includ­ing Siber­ian Husky Dal­ma­t­ian Lab Pup­pies and their par­ents.

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Saint Katharine Drexel is the second American-born person to be canonized by the Catholic Church and her Feast Day is today, March 3. Katharine was born to wealthy parents in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 1858, but her mother died just a few weeks after Katharine was born due to complications from childbirth. Katharine’s father remarried to a woman named Emma Bouvier who raised Katharine and her sister as her own children and who showed them by example the meaning of kindness and charity because Emma was very active in helping the less fortunate and involving her kids in community outreach. The Drexel family was deeply faithful and believed that their wealth was a temporary gift that should be used to help other people.

Katharine was troubled by the suffering and ill treatment of Black people and Native-American people at the time so she devoted her life and her fortune to helping them. She founded many schools for Native-Americans and African-Americans, including the first Black Catholic college.

Saint Katharine could have used her wealth and social status to marry another wealthy person, but instead, after meeting Pope Leo XIII and at his suggestion, she became a Missionary, and founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People in 1891. It was headline making news when she chose religious life over high society.

Saint Katharine lived to the age of 96, and she was beatified in 1988 by Pope John Paul II. There is a shrine to St. Katharine in Bensalem, PA, where her remains are entombed, but if you wish to visit it you had better do it soon as the place has been put up for sale and will only permit the public to continue to visit until the end of 2017.

 

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals – including Siberian Husky Dalmatian Lab Puppies and their parents. 

See also by Zilla at DaTechGuyBlog:

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