Saint Katharine Drexel, Friend of the Oppressed
Here is the true story of an American heiress who selflessly surrendered her life and her fortune to God. At an early age, Katharine Drexel was drawn to prayer and felt a special attraction to Saint Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi. Later, as most young debutantes were preparing for their introduction to the America's high society, Katharine visited Pope Leo XIII, begging him to send missionaries to help the Native Americans. Challenged by the Pope to become a missionary herself, Katharine's generous heart was also moved by the deprivations and injustices suffered by many African Americans. In 1891, after much discernment and prayer, she founded a new congregation in the Church--the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament--to minister to the specific needs of Native and African Americans. At her death in 1955 Mother Katharine left behind a
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