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Saint katharine drexel_story
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Saint katharine drexel_story
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Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
Saint katharine drexel_story
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Saint katharine drexel_story
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  • 1. Saint Katharine Drexel Story November 26, 1858 – March 3, 1955
  • 2. The story begins in Dornbirn Austria April 1, 1792
  • 3. Self Portrait Francis – Catherine - Mary
  • 4. Family Fortune
    • Francis Martin Drexel was a portrait artist, born in Dornbirn, Austria
    • Immigrated to America in 1817
    • Started a currency brokerage business 1837
    • 1847 opened Drexel & Sons
    • Francis A. Drexel, age 29 becomes President of the Company, which became one of the leading banks in America
  • 5. Katharine’s Father Francis Anthony Drexel March 4, 1824 – February 29, 1885
  • 6. Katharine’s Mother Hannah Langstroth Drexel January 14, 1826 – December 29, 1858
  • 7. Young Katharine and Elizabeth
  • 8. Katharine Mary Drexel Katie at age 7
  • 9. Home
    • The family lived at
      • 433 Race Street
      • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 10. Katharine’s New Mother Emma Bouvier Drexel May 18, 1833 – January 29, 1883 Married to Francis Anthony Drexel April 10, 1860
  • 11. New Home
    • After the marriage between Francis and Emma the family moved to:
      • 1503 Walnut Street
      • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Here Mrs. Drexel opened the doors of the home 3 days a week to help the poor by distributing food, clothing and other essentials
  • 12. San Michel - Summer Home
    • 1870 Parents purchase their Summer Home in the Torresdale section of Philadelphia
    • Named for Saint Michael the Archangel
    • St. Michael was the Family's Patron Saint
  • 13. Elizabeth and Katharine's Sunday School
  • 14. Spirituality
    • Francis and Emma were Catholic.
    • Parents taught the children that money was a gift from God to be shared with the poor.
    • The Drexel girls received their Religious Instructions from the Religious of the Sacred Heart in a nearby Convent.
  • 15. Education
    • Private Tutors
    • In addition to Academics they studied Fine Arts and language
    • Travel was also a part of their education
    • The Drexel girls traveled with their parents throughout America and Europe
  • 16. Tragedy
    • 1879 Mrs. Drexel takes ill
    • Katharine helps with her mother’s care
    • 1883 Emma dies
    • 1885 Mr. Drexel dies suddenly
  • 17. Last Will and Testament
    • Mr. Drexel leaves an estate valued at $15,500,000.00
    • $1,500,000.00 is given to 29 named charities
    • $14,000,000.00 is put into a trust fund
    • Drexel girls to receive only the interest, estimated to be $1,000.00 a day
    • After the death of the Drexel Girls their children would receive this inheritance
  • 18. Katharine’s Older Sister Elizabeth Drexel Smith August 27, 1855 - September 26, 1890
  • 19. Katharine Drexel at Age 21
  • 20. Katharine’s Younger Sister Louise Drexel Morrell October 2, 1863 – November 4, 1945
  • 21. Bishop James O’Connor
    • Came from Ireland at age of 15
    • Ordained 1848
    • 1872 appointed as Pastor at St. Dominic
    • Became Katharine’s Spiritual Advisor
    • Assisted Katharine’s formation as a Religious
      • Arranged training with Mercy Sisters
      • Convinced her to use her full name
      • Permission to maintain control of her inheritance
  • 22. Lay Ministry
    • After Mr. Drexel’s death, Bishop Martin Marty, Dakota and Msgr. Joseph Stephan, Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions asked the Drexel Ladies for help with financial assistance.
    • Katharine had an interest in Native American Evangelization since childhood and the girls promised to help.
    • The Drexel sisters kept that promise to end of their days.
    • 1886 Katharine buys a building in Santa Fe and opens St. Catherine Indian School
  • 23. Saint Catherine Indian School Sante Fe, New Mexico
    • Purchased in 1886
    • Opened in1887
    • Closed in 1893
    • Reopened in 1894 under the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 24. Illness
    • In 1886 Katharine became jaundiced and lost weight, her normal vitality was gone.
    • Physicians suggested she travel to a health spa in Germany.
    • 1886 all three girl left for Germany
    • Katharine’s health was gradually restored.
    • Remaining true to the promise made to Bishop Marty and Msgr. Stephan the girls recruited priests and nuns to go to American as missionaries.
  • 25. Journey to Religious Life
    • Katharine felt that she had a calling since she was about 14 years of age.
    • Her mother was cool to this idea.
    • Bishop O’Connor, her Spiritual Advisor counseled against it.
    • “You belong in society,” he wrote, “In that position, you can do more for the Church and Souls.”
  • 26.
    • During a visit with Pope Leo XIII in 1887, she asked for Missionaries, The Holy Father responded, “Why not you, my child, become a missionary?”
  • 27.
    • September 1887, Katharine, Bishop O’Connor and her sisters visited Msgr. Stephan at the Indian School in the Dakotas.
    • November 1888, Katharine again discusses Religious Life with Bishop O’Connor
    • January 1889 Katharine was a bridesmaid in her sister, Louise’s wedding.
  • 28.
    • February 1889, Bishop O’Connor agrees with Katharine’s decision to become a Religious.
    • O’Connor attempts to persuade her to begin her own order and she was not enthused.
    • On March 19, 1889, Feast of St. Joseph, Katharine agrees with the Bishop.
    • The Bishop requested that the Sisters of Mercy, Pittsburgh, Pa. provide training for Katharine.
    • May 7, 1889, Katharine enters the Mercy Convent as a Postulant for training
    • November 7, 1889 Katharine is accepted as a Novice.
  • 29.
    • May 27, 1890, Bishop O’Connor died in Omaha, Nebraska where he was Bishop.
    • After the Bishop’s death, Katharine received a letter of sympathy from Philadelphia’s Archbishop Patrick J. Ryan.
    • Ryan asks Katharine “If I share the burden with you, if I help you, can you go on.”
    • September 7, 1890, Elizabeth dies in childbirth, along with her unborn son.
    • During her time as a Novice, Katharine purchases a 67 acre site for the new Motherhouse in Bensalem, Pa.
  • 30.
    • Katharine Drexel professes her vows as the first Sister of the Blessed Sacrament on February 12, 1891.
    • Katharine and the new Sisters move into the Drexel’s former summer home in Torresdale and begin the new Order.
    • December 1892, the Motherhouse construction is finished enough to allow the Sisters to move in.
    • The new Convent is named St. Elizabeth, to honor the memory of Katharine’s older Sister .
  • 31. Katharine Drexel - Missionary
    • 1892 Holy Providence School opens in Bensalem.
    • June 13, 1894, Katharine sends the first SBS to mission at St. Catherine Indian School.
    • Katharine purchases land in Powhatan, Virginia and builds a school for black girls.
    • Fall 1899 St. Francis de Sales School opens.
  • 32.
    • December 3, 1902, St. Michael Indian School opens in Arizona.
    • September 5, 1905, Immaculate Mother, Nashville, Tennessee, opens
    • 1906, Katharine Drexel sends SBS to St. Patrick Church, Carlisle, Pa to teach Black and Native Americans religion.
    • 1915 Xavier Prep School opens.
    • 1925 Xavier University opens.
    • By the time Katharine Drexel died, she had opened more than 60 schools for the Black and Native American peoples.
  • 33. St. Michael Indian School Saint Michael, Arizona Opened in 1902 still in operation today
  • 34. Xavier University New Orleans, Louisiana Opened 1925
  • 35. Retirement
    • 1935 Katharine suffers a mild heart attack while traveling.
    • Later that year, she suffers a second heart attack and returns to St. Elizabeth Convent.
    • Mother Katharine, although ill, continues as the Congregation’s Superior until 1937.
    • Katharine retires as Mother M. Mercedes is elected as the Superior.
  • 36. Mother Katharine's Wheelchair
    • Due to her failing health, physicians tell Katharine to purchase a wheelchair so that she would able to be moved around.
    • Mother Katharine would not allow the money for a chair to be spent on her.
    • Workers made this chair from two broken school chairs and an old baby carriage frame.
  • 37.
    • Katharine lives out her life in prayer.
    • The last years were spent bed-ridden.
    • February 20, 1955, Katharine is diagnosed with lombar pneumonia. Two weeks later she is better, but in a weakened condition.
    • Evening of March 2, 1955, Katharine suffers from a severe coughing spell.
    • 9:05 AM, Thursday, March 3, 1955, Katharine dies quietly in her room.
    • Tuesday, March 8, 1955, her funeral is held at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, PA.
    • Katharine is put to rest in her crypt at St. Elizabeth Convent.
  • 38. Status of Inheritance
    • Elizabeth was first to die, she and her baby boy died at childbirth
    • Louise married but never conceived
    • Katharine never married
    • At Katharine’s death the interest stopped and the principal of $14,000,000.00 was distributed to Mr. Drexel’s named Charities.
  • 39. The Road to Canonization
    • February 27, 1964, John Cardinal Krol, introduces cause in Rome
    • January 26, 1987, Katharine Drexel is named Venerable.
    • November 20, 1988, Venerable Katharine Drexel is Beautified
    • October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine is Canonized a Saint
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