Confirmation Saint Katharine Drexel

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For my Confirmation saint, I wanted to choose a woman who was strong and stood up for what she believed in. I wanted to choose a saint who devoted her life to her work, helping others, and most importantly, her faith. St. Katharine Drexel was chosen to be my Confirmation saint. She had all of the qualities of a saint that I wanted. Katharine is a remarkable woman, Sister, and Catholic. Katharine Mary Drexel (also spelled Katherine) was born on the 26th of November in 1858, to her parents, Francis Anthony Drexel and Hannah Jane Drexel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her mother died a month after her birth. Her father, a wealthy international banker, remarried Emma Bouvier in 1860. Katharine was raised as a young heiress in Philadelphia, and…show more content…
Pope Leo XIII suggested Katharine to undertake the missionary work herself. Katharine followed his suggestion and in 1889, she entered religious life as a novice under the training of the Sisters of Mercy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She finished her religious training, and took her final vows in 1891. With the help of other nuns and her fortune, Katharine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People, but was later changed to just the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Katharine’s order opened the first mission school for Indians, which led to the opening of more missionary schools. Katharine and fifteen other sisters established a school for Native Americans in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1894. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacraments’ school was followed by the creation of other missionary schools throughout the Southwest, including ones on reservations. Katharine’s order also opened many schools for African American children. She founded a certain secondary school for African Americans in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1915. Ten years later, Katharine’s secondary school became Xavier University. During Katharine’s life, she had given twenty million dollars to help people in need. At the time of Katharine’s death, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament had more than five hundred members. With…show more content…
The first of the two miracles happened in March of 1974, Robert Gutherman was fourteen and had a severe ear infection in his right ear, which destroyed three bones that are needed for healing, and also ruptured his eardrum. Gutherman’s family and members of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament prayed to Mother Katharine Drexel for his recovery. In September of 1974, Gutherman went in for a checkup for his ear. The doctor realized Gutherman’s bones and eardrum were restored to normal, and was able to hear with his right ear again. The second miracle was the healing of a young girl named Amy Wall. Amy was born in 1992 with a nerve deafness condition that was considered incurable. In November 1993, Amy’s mother received a relic from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and placed it on Amy’s ears. The Wall family began praying to Katharine. In March of 1994, a preschool teacher at her school, Katzenbach School for the Deaf in Trenton, noticed a big change to Amy’s hearing response. Tests were taken, and showed that Amy was able to hear

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