Saint Katharine Drexel

Katharine Drexel was born on November 26, 1858, in Philadelphia. She was an exceptional educator, missionary and philanthropist.   Mother Katharine was raised in a very wealthy family; however, she donated all her fortune to charitable organizations and became a Catholic nun.

Mother Katharine recognized that giving through education was a great way to love and help others to build the spiritual, emotional and academic skills needed to overcome oppression and segregation. She spent most of her life helping minorities to achieve success and promoting the gospel among African American and Native American communities.

Saint Katharine Drexel founded many educational institutions in the U.S., visited Oklahoma several times and gave financial support to our Diocese for the creation of what is known today as Holy Family Cathedral School of Tulsa.

In 2009, the Education Center of Catholic Charities was named after her to praise the value of the spiritual works of mercy, celebrate the life of a great American saint, and exalt the love for the Eucharistic as the fundamental source of love and inspiration for all our actions of charity.