St. Katharine Drexel

Saint Katharine Drexel was an American heiress, philanthropist, and religious sister who dedicated her life and fortune to helping Native Americans and African Americans. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People, a congregation that established schools and missions to serve these communities. Katharine used her wealth to fund schools, missions, and other projects that promoted racial equality and education. She is remembered for her compassion, generosity, and commitment to social justice. Katharine was canonized as a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2000.

Feast Day is on March 3.

Patronage: Philanthropy; racial justice; and the education of Native and African Americans.