A very, very rich girl
Then, in her twenties, Katherine found herself at a crossroads. Both of her parents were dead. A life of leisure would be easy, thanks to her father’s immense estate, but she felt empty.
She knew that beyond the circle of wealth and privilege in which she had been raised there were many people who were suffering, especially Native Americans and African Americans. She directed funds from her family’s resources to establish various charitable endeavors to help.
She was able to arrange a private audience with the Pope at which she asked him to send missionaries to aid her cause.
The Pope suggested that she become a missionary.
Katherine subsequently became a nun. In fact, she founded her own order. She established many schools for deprived children in the Deep South and the Great Plains.
She worked hard for many decades and when her health began to fail, she devoted herself to a life of prayer.
Saint Katherine Drexel, inspired by Pope Leo XIII to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, died at the age of 96 - 55 years ago today. She was canonized in 2000 by the great Pope John Paul II.
(from a previous post)