A visit to the shrine honoring Saint Katharine Drexel

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My ongoing recovery from surgery has me doing some minimal blogging and writing… I’m a little late for Katherine Drexel’s feast day, but maybe you’d still enjoy the blog post below that hopes to honor her!

Last fall I enjoyed a marvelous visit, alongside my good friend, Lisa Hendey, to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and to see Pope Francis. One of the bonuses of driving there was that on the way home to Boston we got to visit with our mutual friend, Barb Szyszkiewicz. Barb is a blogger at Franciscan Mom, and together with Lisa, is an editor and contributor with over 300 articles over at Catholic Mom.com. We journeyed as a threesome to the National Shrine honoring St Katharine Drexel.

Here’s a few photographic highlights:

The Shrine attached to the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Bensalem, PA. The Visitor’s Center and mission offices PA road sign at the Shrine Stained glass in a stair well in the visitors center that welcomes pilgrims. Stained glass illustrating the mission and work of St Katharine and the Blessed Sacrament sisters. Chapel altar, note the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance. Chapel interior Outside the chapel with Barb (l) and Lisa (r) Some of the diorama describing the mission of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament… to imitate Jesus in making a “total gift of self” to Him and to those the sisters serve in their apostolate. Katharine is a modern saint, so we have the saint’s baptismal record! The description… “she fell asleep in Christ, March 3, 1955.. in the 97th year of her life.” A place to leave prayer intentions under the saint’s most recognizable portrait. Above her tomb is a lovely representation of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament being perpetually adored by angels. It was an honor to pray at St Katharine’s tomb. John Paul II’s papal bull declaring Katharine a saint of the church. Katharine’s ring Chapel kneeler and pew that Katharine used.
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Some of the diorama describing the mission of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament… to imitate Jesus in making a “total gift of self” to Him and to those the sisters serve in their apostolate.

“The Eucharist is the continuation of the Incarnation.
In it Jesus communicates Himself to me and to every human heart.”
St Katharine Drexel

Visit the National Shrine website.

You might also like this short video about her life…

You might enjoy this earlier Among Women podcast from 2009 in which I share Katharine’s biography. I intend to talk more about her writings and thoughts in an upcoming podcast later this week.

Copyright 2016 Pat Gohn.
All photos copyright 2015 Pat Gohn. All rights reserved.

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Pat Gohn is a married "empty-nester" with three adult children. With a Masters in Theology, a Bachelors in Communications, and a heart for adult faith formation, Pat writes, speaks, blogs, and produces media with a eye toward faith sharing, teaching, and evangelization. Pat hosts the Among Women Podcast and is the award-winning author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood. Learn more at PatGohn.net

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