Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Drexel To Receive Sainthood.

Byline: Staff and Wire Reports

Katharine Drexel, the Philadelphia socialite who took a vow of poverty and founded Santa Fe's St. Catherine Indian School, will become the second native-born American saint today.

Drexel will be canonized by the Pope in a ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

Drexel also founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, based in Philadelphia. Four of the sisters based in Santa Fe have made the trip to Europe to attend the canonization.

Sisters Patrick Marie Dempsey, June Fisher, Karen Cote and Mary Damien Widmeier traveled to Rome with the Philadelphia motherhouse's official pilgrimage of 1,400 people.

Only one of the Santa Fe sisters Widmeier had ever met Drexel, who died in 1955 at age 96. …

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