Saturday, March 04, 2006

How could I have forgotten?

It was Saint Katherine Drexel's feast day this week. Thank you dear Saint Katherine for your work among blacks and Indians. Whenever I'm in Old Town, Alexandria I go past St. Joseph's, a very pretty little church that St. Katherine helped start. Up until the early 70s, black people weren't welcome at most Northern Virginia parishes. Folks had to drive or take a bus to Washington DC. When Saint Katherine gave the money to build St. Josephs it was a haven for black Catholics. Later, another black parish, Our Lady Queen of Peace was established in Arlington, Virginia. We've come a long way and St. Katherine helped us get there.

1 comment:

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Not sure if you like Lloyd Alexander, he died Ascension Day 2007, but he was indirectly under her patronship.

He grew up on Drexel Hill, named for her.