Thursday, February 17, 2011

God is soooo good!

Today I sold another ACEO for the Little Sisters of the Poor. This one is of St. Katharine Drexel.  Her Feast Day is right around the corner, March 3. She was born in 1858 and became a sister at the age of 33. She died the year I was born in 1955 at the age of 96.

She's sort of a neighbor to me. I'm in the Baltimore Area she was in Philadelphia.
St. Katharine was devoted to the African and Native Americans. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Black and Native American peoples. Mother Drexel took part in opening the first mission school for Indians, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  In 1915 she also founded Xavier University in New Orleans,  first Catholic university in the United States for African Americans.  

When she died there were more than 500 Sisters teaching in 63 schools throughout the country. Saint Katharine was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 20, 1988 and II canonized her on October 1, 2000. At that time she was only the second recognized American-born saint.

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The patient and humble endurance of the cross—whatever nature it may be—is the highest work we have to do.  - St. Katharine Drexel

 
25% of all secular art and 100% of religious art in my shop http://artfulpurpose.etsy.com  go to support Little Sister's of the Poor, St. Martin's Home in Baltimore

Please visit their website and support their capital campaign...they need to raise $25 million within 2 years or they will have to remove the 75 elderly poor they serve from St. Martin's Home..... http://www.littlesistersofthepoorbaltimore.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63&Itemid=56

3 comments:

♥Jan♥ said...

Joann the story was wonderful to learn and your painting is beautiful ~~~

art2cee2 said...

That is just beautiful!

Marlene said...

Beautiful painting Joann. Very interesting story about her also.

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