Friday, March 04, 2011

St. Katherine Drexel, a magnificent woman

St. Katherine was not only a holy woman but she was a truly magnificent one as well. She was loving towards and used her own money to help two of the most despised groups in America at the time: Indians and blacks.  She was a great friend to Fr. Tolton, the first openly black priest in America. When she created Xavier University, a black college, many whites in Louisiana were horrified. She was opposed and threatened on occasion but the hard headed little lady from Pennsylvania kept right on.

1 comment:

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Amen! I am always fascinated at the diversity and independence of the women saints. When people say the Church oppresses women I laugh. It was the Church that recognized women as founders of hospitals, schools, and great religious institutions. Katharine Drexel is just one among a legion in Christ's servant army! (I blogged about her too.)