Katharine responded to that invitation and at age 33 she established a new religious congregation, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Her order opened numerous schools to serve American Indian and African American communities and also founded Xavier University in New Orleans.
The Vatican cites four notable aspects of St. Katharine’s legacy: a love of the Eucharist; courage and initiative in addressing social inequalities among minority groups; a belief in quality education for all people; and selfless service, including the donation of her inheritance.
Patrons are considered protectors and advocates for particular causes. The Catholic Foundation of Michigan is honored to have St. Katharine Drexel as our patron because of her inspiring commitment to philanthropy and to serving the needs of under-resourced communities in the United States.
Celebrate the Feast of St. Katharine with us by generously contributing to one of our Field of Interest Funds that build up our local Catholic community through impact grants.
From these funds, the Foundation makes grants to parishes, schools, and ministries in the following areas:
· Vibrant Parish Life – Empowering strong parish environments.
· Catholic Education and Formation – Enhancing vibrant discipleship.
· Social outreach – Responding to critical needs.
We are blessed by your support and your partnership; please continue to keep the Catholic Foundation of Michigan in your prayers.