November 14, 2018

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Hold Celebration of the Installation of the Tomb with the Sacred Remains of Saint Katharine Drexel

Mass will be broadcast via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/ArchbishopChaput

 All people of good will are invited to join the priests, deacons, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to celebrate in the installation of the tomb with the sacred remains of Saint Katharine Drexel.

Her remains were translated to a newly constructed tomb at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul earlier this year from the Motherhouse of the Community she founded, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The tomb is located near the Drexel Family altar inside the Cathedral’s main entrance.

Sunday, November 18, 2018
11:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

 Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist. The Xavier University Choir will join the Archdiocesan Adult and Children’s Choir at Mass. Together they will perform the premier of the new Saint Katharine Drexel hymn, written by Reverend G. Dennis Gill, Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Divine Worship.

The two children, now adults, who were healed through the miraculous intercession of Saint Katharine Drexel, will be in attendance as well as representatives from Saint Katharine Drexel parishes and schools from across the United States. Also attending will be Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the religious community founded by Saint Katharine Drexel in 1891.

A generous grant from the Connelly Foundation underwrote tomb construction as well as a new communications and education program for elementary, middle and high schools to increase awareness and appreciation for the inspiring life and work of Saint Katharine Drexel.

Background on Saint Katharine Drexel

Saint Katharine Drexel was canonized on October 1, 2000. She is the second American-born person ever to be canonized.  Born into tremendous wealth as part of the Drexel family, she gave up her life of privilege to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1891.  She dedicated her life to serve the needs of African Americans and Native Americans, and inspired so many women, who joined the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, to follow her example.

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Editor’s Note: For more information, please visit http://cathedralphila.org/skd/.

EWTN Global Catholic Network will broadcast live beginning at 11:00 a.m. Visit www.ewtn.com for channel information.

A press audio/video mult-box clean feed will be provided with multiple HD-SDI video (BNC) and mic/line (XLR) connections. Crews will need a live truck or recording device. Broadcast Media outlets will have parking space in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center parking lot. The parking lot entrance is located on 17th Street. 

Contact:

Stephanie Brophy
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747 (office)