mother katharine drexel

Mother Katharine Drexel was one of the most caring and unselfish people in
the world. She was born in Philadelphia in 1858 into an affluent family. Her
father was a wealthy banker named Francis Drexel. Mother Katharine Drexel had
the desire to give her services completely to God by taking care of the poor.
Mother Drexel had started out by giving direct service to fulfill the immediate
needs of the less fortunate. She later began to see that donating money alone
was not enough to help the poor. Giving money to the poor didnít go to the
root of the problem. Mother Drexel had begun giving more of herself. In 1891,
she started the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Mother Drexel founded a
religious order for women, which was dedicated to helping the poor Native
Americans and African Americans. Along with setting up a religious order, she
founded schools and missions in the South and West of the United States. The
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament have grown and have missions in eleven states
as well as in Haiti.

Mother Drexel had continued to be an active worker until she reached her
seventies. Because of serious health problems, Mother Drexel could no longer go
out and work. Instead she lived in the SBS motherhouse where she spent time
praying and reflecting. In 1988, Pope John Paul II gave Katharine Drexel the
title of "Blessed" after Robert Gutherman had been cured of hearing
loss after his family prayed to Mother Drexel. Also in January of 2000, the Pope
John Paul II had reported that Amy Wall, a young girl had been cured of her
deafness after prayers were made to Mother Drexel. Mother Katharine Drexelís
feast day is on March 3.

On October 1, 2000 Mother Katharine had been canonized. Her body was laid at
the Saint Katharine Drexel Shrine in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

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