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Chapel of Saint Katharine Drexel


Blessed Trinity is thrilled and proud to announce that the BT Chapel will be dedicated to Saint Katharine Drexel, founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and numerous Catholic schools, including Xavier University in New Orleans, LA.

Saint Katharine Drexel was born in 1858, into a prominent Philadelphia family. She dedicated her life and family fortune to help educate the disadvantaged, specifically Native and African Americans. In 1894, Mother Drexel took part in opening the first mission school for Indians, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Other schools quickly followed - for Native Americans west of the Mississippi River, and for African Americans in the south. In 1915 she founded Xavier University in New Orleans.  Today Xavier retains its distinction as the only historically black, Catholic University in the Western Hemisphere.

At the time of her death in 1955, there were more than 500 Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament teaching in 63 school throughout the country. 

Pope John Paul II beautified Mother Katharine Drexel on November 20, 1988, and canonized her on October 1, 2000.  Katharine Drexel holds the distinction of being the second recognized American-born saint.

A statue of Saint Katharine Drexel will be displayed in the Chapel at a later date.  How blessed BT is to have its Chapel named for a saint who dedicated her life to the Blessed Sacrament, education and serving the disadvantaged.