Saint Katharine Drexel

The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida proudly lifts up our patroness, St. Katharine Drexel. With her feast day on March 3rd, within Women’s History Month, it’s appropriate for us to remember the patron saint of philanthropy. She was born into a wealthy, yet charitable and philanthropic family in 1858. Following a pilgrimage to Rome, St. Katharine gave her large family inheritance and her life to the church in service of Native and African Americans and founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. She was canonized by St. John Paul II in October of 2000.

The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida team wrote the following prayer, inspired by St. Katharine Drexel, our patroness:

Prayer to Bring the Church to its Fullness of Charity

Heavenly Father, You are the giver of life and everything we have is a gift from You. You have shown us your infinite generosity by giving us Your Son, Jesus Christ. You inspired St. Katharine Drexel to dedicate her life and selflessly share her treasures with those in need. May her example help us to be faithful stewards of Your abundant gifts. Teach us to be cheerful and grateful givers, so we can bring our Church spread throughout the world to its fullness of charity. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Learn more about St. Katharine Drexel:
St. Katharine Drexel – Catholic Foundation of Central Florida (
St. Katharine Drexel: American Foundress, Religious, Heiress, and Philanthropist – Catholic Foundation of Central Florida (

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