Monday, February 25, 2019

Saint's New Tomb Will Become Official Shrine

Reverend G. Dennis Gill, Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, will announce that the newly constructed tomb of Saint Katharine Drexel, now located at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, will become an Archdiocesan shrine.  

In addition, he will announce the date of an upcoming new documentary on the life and work of Saint Katharine Drexel as well as details regarding the feast day Mass to be celebrated at the Cathedral on Sunday, March 3, 2019. 

A generous grant from the Connelly Foundation underwrote tomb construction as well as a new documentary, website, and education programs about Saint Katharine Drexel. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

At that time, Father Gill will also provide details regarding the launch of a new website and an educational curriculum being implemented in Catholic schools and religious education programs.

Background on Saint Katharine Drexel

Saint Katharine Drexel was canonized on October 1, 2000. She is the second American-born person ever to be canonized.  Born into tremendous wealth as part of the Drexel family, she gave up her life of privilege to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1891.   She dedicated her life to serve the needs of African Americans and Native Americans, and inspired so many women, who joined the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, to follow her example.

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