Saint Katharine Drexel Society

The Saint Katharine Drexel Society at the Basilica of Saint Mary was founded in June of 2020 in response to recent events of racial injustice. The society prays for the healing of our nation, especially for the historical wounds inflicted by slavery that continue to affect our populace, and in reparation for the sins of racism, past and present. The group prays the Rosary during the Basilica’s Holy Hour on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 pm and meets at other times for prayer and fellowship. Father David Dufresne is the group’s chaplain.

Catholic teaching encourages reparations not only for our own sins, but through the virtue of the Communion of the Saints and the oneness of the mystical Body of Christ, to also make reparation for the sins of others. Through our prayers, we ask God to repair the spiritual damage that has been done and to heal our community, our state, our country, and the world.

The patroness of the society, Saint Katharine Drexel (1858-1955), was the second American-born Saint to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Born in Philadelphia and raised in a wealthy family, she gave up her affluent lifestyle to enter religious life. She used her inheritance to minister to the poor and oppressed. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, which went on to establish over 100 schools that served Native American reservations and Southern African American inner city and rural communities. The Sisters never wavered in their mission, even when they received threats and their buildings were vandalized.

Saint John Paul II canonized Katharine Drexel in 2000. In his homily during the canonization Mass, he said, “She taught a spirituality based on prayerful union with the Eucharistic Lord and zealous service of the poor and the victims of racial discrimination. Her apostolate helped to bring about a growing awareness of the need to combat all forms of racism through education and social services. Katharine Drexel is an excellent example of that practical charity and generous solidarity with the less fortunate, which has long been the distinguishing mark of American Catholics.”

Saint Katharine Drexel, Patron Saint of Racial Justice, pray and intercede for us!


Contact the apostolate leader Monica Favela at mfavela8@gmail.com or by using this form.

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