Saturday, March 1, 2008

Shrine to Mother Drexel

A shrine to St. Katharine  Drexel in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, is the 27th national shrine designated by the USCCB.   It is hoped that the saint's message of love and service will be spread by the distinction.

St. Katharine, known to many as Mother Drexel, built the shrine in 1893 after founding the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to serve Native American and African American poor and oppressed people.
The Philadelphia-born St. Katharine was canonized in 2000, 45 years after her death.

For a bio of the saint and a description of her works, click here.

[Update:  March 3 is the feast day of Mother Drexel and here's an excellent post.]