Saint Katharine Drexel

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Saint Katharine Drexel Some people come into the world, live, and go out without making any effect on society. Then there are those who come in, leave profound marks on the hearts of many people, die, and continue to be celebrated after their death. Saint Katharine Drexel is one of those people. As Katharine herself said, “It is a lesson we all need – to let alone the things that do not concern us. He has other ways for others to follow Him; all do not go by the same path. It is for each of us to learn the path by which He requires us to follow Him, and to follow Him in that path” (Daily Catholic Quote from Saint Katharine Drexel). She embodied this quote by giving her life to helping the less fortunate including founding the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Black and Native American peoples, opening the first mission schools for Indians, and donating millions of dollars to these oppressed groups of people. Katharine Drexel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858. Her mother, Hannah, died five weeks after her birth. She and her sister, Elizabeth, were raised by Anthony and Ellen Drexel, their aunt and uncle. Her family was very wealthy because her father was an investment banker. Katharine and Elizabeth rejoined their father in 1860 when he remarried Emma, who taught the girls the importance of charity, and helping the poor. They distributed food and clothing to those who came to their house in need. Katharine was very well­educated by tutors at home, but she had the opportunity to visit Europe and many parts of the United States. It was on one of these trips that she realized that she wanted to begin helping those were less fortunate. Katharine was extremely dedicated to helping those who did not have the means to help themselves. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Black and Native American peoples because these groups were faced

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