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

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