Katharine Drexel: The Riches-to-Rags Life Story of an American Catholic Saint

Katharine Drexel: The Riches-to-Rags Life Story of an American Catholic Saint

by Cheryl C. D. Hughes

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ISBN-13: 9780802869920
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/03/2014
Pages: 283
Sales rank: 1,178,908
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Cheryl C. D. Hughes is professor of humanities and religious studies at Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, Oklahoma. On the side she does first-person presentations of St. Katharine Drexel for church groups and schools.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii

Introduction to the Mystery of Katharine Drexel 1

1 Simply Katie: Katharine Drexel's Family Life 14

Family Background 15

Academic and Religious Education 21

Girlhood 26

Early Travels 33

Coming of Age 35

The Deaths of Her Parents 41

2 "Make Haste Slowly": The Discernment of a Vocation 51

Keeping Spiritual Accounts and Early Religious Impulses 52

The Beginning of Discernment 58

Crisis in Discernment 74

Vocation Acknowledged 92

Founding a New Order 98

3 Growth of the Order 103

St. Catherine's, Santa Fe, New Mexico 110

St. Francis de Sales, Powhatan, Virginia 112

St. Michael's, St. Michael's, Arizona 115

Immaculate Mother, Nashville, Tennessee 120

Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana 126

Social Justice/Social Action in the 1930s 134

The Retirement of Mother Katharine 136

By the Numbers: Peak and Decline 139

4 The Kenotic and Eucharistic Spirituality of Katharine Drexel 167

Kenotic Spirituality 168

Eucharistic Spirituality 199

5 The Pope, the Times, and the Saint: "Be Not Afraid!" 206

Signs of the Times 208

Pope John Paul II Comes into Dialogue with Katharine Drexel 224

Mission and Hope 228

6 A Coda: The Mystery Revealed 255

Acknowledgments 260

Selected Bibliography 262

Index 273

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