Saint Katharine Drexel feast day is right around the corner and I am so excited to share with you our plans and how you can celebrate this special feast too.
Who is Saint Katharine Drexel?
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Did you know that Saint Katharine Drexel was a social justice warrior?! This makes this late 1800s saint so relevant for us to learn about now. Here are some quick facts about this fascinating female saint.
- Second American born saint
- Born in Philadelphia on November 26, 1858, to a wealthy banker
- Katharine’s mother died a few weeks after she was born
- She, along with her two other sisters, grew up wealthy and was able to have the best education and travel.
- During her travels, she was exposed to the social injustice of Native Americans and black people, which eventually lead to her taking her first vows as a religious and dedicating herself to serve the American American and Native American communities in February 1891.
- Katharine used her hefty inheritance to build many schools and donated to several different organizations.
- She established the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored. Now just called Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
- Katharine established 145 missions, 50 schools for African Americans, and 12 schools for Native Americans. One school is the only historically black Catholic college, Xavier University in New Orleans, Lousiana.
- She faced many challenges from those who were against her visions of racial justice and equality and even had one of her schools burned down.
ACTIVITIES FOR SAINT KATHERINE DREXEL’S FEAST DAY
Coloring pages are an easy, simple, yet great activity. I printed Saint Katharine Drexel coloring pages from The Catholic Kid.
Love Your Neighbor & Love Your Family Mini Book
Saint Katerine Drexel taught us what it meant to love your neighbor. We can follow her example and think about how we can love and serve our neighbor too. I have created two mini books that you can use to help your kids think about ways they can love and serve their neighbors and families. They can either color a picture or write down their ideas.
Some ideas we can serve our neighbors are:
- Prayer. Prayer is the most powerful tool. Add your neighbors to your prayer list.
- Send a spiritual bouquet. A way to let your neighbor know you are praying or them is by sending them a spiritual bouquet. Getting a nice old fashion snail mail card is sure to brighten anyone’s day!
- Clean up trash in your neighborhood. A great way to serve your community is by helping to keep it clean.
- Set up a Lending Library in your neighborhood. This is such a fun way to encourage your neighbors to all participate in something that benefits the whole neighborhood.
- Greet neighbors when you see them. As a society of always being on the go, people are often too caught up in their own world to even notice anyone else. It would be great to take the time to acknowledge a neighbor walking by when you are outside and greet them.
- Help out an elderly neighbor with some yard work.
Ways you can serve and love your family:
- Help out your siblings. Maybe you can help out a little brother with getting a snack or help a sister with their chores.
- Do your chores joyfully.
- See if there is anything extra that you can do to help mom or dad.
- Say prayers for your family members.
- Sharing toys.
For our Saint Katharine Drexel feast day food, I decided to make New Orlean beignets! Saint Katharine Drexel is the founder of Xavier University in New Orlean, Lousiana so what could be a better treat to make on her feast day?! We will be trying this yummy beignet recipe from African Bites.
Saint Katherine Drexel quote prints
Display these Saint Katherine Drexel quotes. This will make a great addition to your table if you are serving a St. Katherine Drexel inspired dish or in the living room where everyone can see it.
Books to read aloud
Here are a couple of books about Saint Katharine Drexel for kids.
- Saint Katharine Drexel: The Total Gift
- Saint Katharine Drexel: Friend of the Oppressed
- 57 Stories of Saints
Since Saint Katharine is the patron saint of racial justice here is a list of books that help start the conversations about racism with kids.
- The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
- Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
- Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkey
- The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come by Sue Macy
- The Watcher by Nikki Grimes
FREE PRINTABLE SAINT KATHARINE DREXEL PRAYER CARD
Enjoy this free printable Saint Katharine Drexel prayer card! Just click on the picture or button below.
I am so excited to celebrate the feast day of Saint Katharine Drexel on March 3rd. Even though she is from the late 1800s/ early 1900s, we can learn a lot from her and she is still relevant to today’s issues.
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