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Saint Katharine Drexel

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Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
3 Mar 1955 (aged 96)
Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot
St Katherine Drexel Shrine
Memorial ID
6796233 View Source

Roman Catholic Saint. She was the daughter of Francis Drexel, a banking magnate and business partner of J.P. Morgan. She was raised in a world of mansions, world travel, and private tutors. She shocked the City of Philadelphia at the age of 30 and entered a convent. She used her multi-million dollar inheritance to establish a missionary order. In her lifetime, the order, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, established 12 American Indian schools and more than 100 rural and inner-city schools for Black students. She was only the second American-born saint; the other is Sisters of Charity founder Elizabeth Ann Seton. She died at the age of 96 at the Motherhouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb, of simple complications from old age. Pope John Paul canonized her in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, on October l, 2000. Her feast day is celebrated each March 3rd.

Roman Catholic Saint. She was the daughter of Francis Drexel, a banking magnate and business partner of J.P. Morgan. She was raised in a world of mansions, world travel, and private tutors. She shocked the City of Philadelphia at the age of 30 and entered a convent. She used her multi-million dollar inheritance to establish a missionary order. In her lifetime, the order, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, established 12 American Indian schools and more than 100 rural and inner-city schools for Black students. She was only the second American-born saint; the other is Sisters of Charity founder Elizabeth Ann Seton. She died at the age of 96 at the Motherhouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb, of simple complications from old age. Pope John Paul canonized her in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, on October l, 2000. Her feast day is celebrated each March 3rd.

Gravesite Details

Originally entombed at Saint Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Convent, Cornwells Heights, Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Transferred to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in August, 2018.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 21 Sep 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6796233
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6796233/katharine-drexel: accessed ), memorial page for Saint Katharine Drexel (26 Nov 1858–3 Mar 1955), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6796233, citing Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .