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Saint Katharine Drexel

By March 3, 2024Steier Tips

Saint Katharine Drexel, canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000, was only the second U.S.-born citizen to be named a saint in the Catholic Church. Author/speaker Meg Hunter-Kilmer joined Twelve Wicker Baskets to discuss the life of saints, including Drexel.

Born to a wealthy family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 28, 1858, Drexel entered religious life at the age of 31 with a missionary heart particularly passionate to serve indigenous people and people of color. She established a religious order and schools throughout the entire United States, like Steier Group partner, St. Augustine Indian Mission School, founded by Drexel in 1909.

Hunter-Kilmer notes the wisdom and business acumen of the saint who stewarded the financial fortune into which she was born with prudent investments that could serve the mission of the Church to great effect.

In this episode, she discusses four saints whose lives exemplified the heroic virtue of generosity and who understood their time, talent and treasure as gifts to be offered in stewardship. You can learn more about Saint Katharine Drexel by listening to Generous Disciples: What the Saints Teach Us About Stewardship with Meg Hunter-Kilmer.