Our Foundress: St. Katharine Drexel



St. Edward Church Parish and School were established in 1917 by Mother Katharine Drexel, with the school not opening until November 18, 1918 due to an influenza epidemic in the community. At the time the school opened, it was staffed entirely with Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the religious order founded by Mother Katharine.

Mother Katharine would later be canonized on Sunday, October 1, 2000 by Pope John Paul II, making her second native born American to be recognized as such.

Born to an affluent family on November 26, 1858, Katharine knew at an early age that she was meant to serve others. Against the direction of her spiritual advisors, she devoted her entire life and her inherited fortune (comparable to millions of dollars today) to further the causes of Native Americans and African Americans, particularly in the area of Catholic education.

Learn more about St. Katharine Drexel at www.katharinedrexel.org.