Saturdays in Autumn are for Craft Fairing. This past Saturday was the mother lode of CF days. We had multiples and one of those was at St. Katharine Drexel Shrine. I had never been to the Shrine and neither had the Roomie so we thought this was a win/win. The Campus is closing in January and the body of St. Katharine is being moved to somewhere in Philadelphia from the Bensalem, PA campus. St. Katharine lived here for many years before her death and it was the Mother House for her order.
The Chapel is magnificent. It reminded me a lot of the churches in Britain. It kind of made me feel like I was back home again.
St. Katharine was an amazing woman who grew up wealthy and gave it all up to take care of her fellow human beings. Her focus was to enable the Native American and African-American women and children a chance at a better life through education and endowment. She founded colleges and schools and helped to provide medical help when needed to the poorest among us. She used the money left to her by her parents ($15 million) to fuel her endeavors.
It made me sad that this beautiful campus has been sold. Luckily her vision is still being upheld by her Order. We were just glad we got to see all of this and to kneel and pray to her before she is moved. Well the Roomie did that while I took selfies in the chapel.
I personally like the Park CF’s. I get to play in the forest!!