Through the end of 2017, you can make a pilgrimage to the
national shrine in Bensalem at the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament convent. The
convent is for sale and St. Katharine Drexel’s tomb eventually will be moved to
the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.
St. Katharine was born in Philadelphia in 1858 and died in 1955.
She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and several schools for the
poor around the country.
The shrine offers the opportunity to learn about St. Katharine
and her family. There are artifacts of the saint, including her wheelchair and
woven rugs given to her by the Navajo in Arizona, for whom she supported a
mission begun by the Cincinnati Franciscan Friars. Visitors can leave their
petitions in the Apache Burden Basket next to St. Katharine’s crypt. The
intentions are prayed for daily by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.
National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel
1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, Pa.
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