Wednesday, March 3, is the commemoration of Saint Katharine Drexel. She was born in 1858 to a wealthy railroad entrepreneur in Philadelphia, PA. She was raised in a good home that always taught wealth was meant to be shared with those in need. Katharine taught Sunday school classes at home for many years before discerning a call to religious life. While she wanted a quiet contemplative life, it seemed God had other plans.
Katharine became interested in Native Americans and how they were being neglected. In 1887 on a visit to Rome and during an audience with Pope Leo XIII, she asked the Holy Father to send missionaries to care for the Native Americans. As the story goes, he simply looked at her and told her to become the missionary. Once she recovered from the shock, she would get to work. Katharine started by using her family wealth to build schools and provide financial support to the Indian missions. Eventually, she would extend this work to the neglected African-American communities, too.
In 1891, Katharine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to continue her work with minorities. She was instrumental in building a school at Holy Family Parish here in Natchez as well as Xavier University in New Orleans. Mother Drexel died of natural causes on March 3, 1955. Saint Katharine Drexel, pray for us!
Fr. Scott and Fr. Mark plan to trade months in offering a weekly reflection or catechesis in our future bulletins. Be sure to check out what they have to share!.
Spiritual Leader: Fr. Scott Thomas – Group Leader: Erica Unz, DHS
May 3 - 12, 2021
Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed - your footsteps will become His. Celebrate votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!
For more information visit Father Scott's webpage.