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Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Archives collection

Identifier: A-02-2004.003

Scope and Contents

The collection includes photocopies of the following documents relevant to Saint Katharine Mary Drexel's work in the Diocese of Charleston: 6 Agreements, 31 May 1901 - 3 Jan 1931, 11 pages. 10 Letters & 1 Card from Rt. Rev. Henry P. Northrop, 10 June 1902 - 4 Aug 1915, 26 pages. 18 Letters, 3 cards, 1 Photograph, 1 talk, from Most Rev. Emmet M. Walsh, 16 July 1927 - 10 July 1937, 30 pages. 2 Letters from Miss Eugenia Gatewood to Bishop Northrop, 7 Feb - 13 July 1913, 5 pages. 4 Letters from Miss Eugenia Gatewood to Mother M. Katharine Drexel, 6 Feb 1914 - 24 Sept 1916, 11 pages.


  • created: 1902-1937
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/18/2004


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Diocese of Charleston makes no representation that it is the owner of any copyright or other literary property in the materials contained in its archives. In providing access to or permitting the reproduction of any such materials, the Diocese of Charleston does not assume any responsibility for determining the nature of any rights, ownership or interest therein; nor for obtaining the appropriate permissions to publish or use; nor for determining the nature of any liabilities (for defamation and invasion of privacy) that may arise from any publication or use. This rests entirely with the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Saint Katharine Mary Drexel, S.B.S. (November 26, 1858 – March 3, 1955) is a Roman Catholic Saint. Katharine dedicated her life and inheritance to the needs of oppressed Native Americans and Blacks in the West and Southwest United States, and was a vocal advocate of racial tolerance. To address racial injustice and destitution and spread the Gospel to these groups, Katharine established a religious order, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. Because Katharine felt a universal need for education, especially among Blacks and Native Americans, she financed more than 60 missions and schools around the United States. Because of her lifelong dedication to her faith and her selfless service to the oppressed, Pope John Paul II canonized her on October 1, 2000, to become only the second recognized American-born saint (after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in 1975). Katharine was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 20, 1988. The Vatican identified in Katharine a fourfold legacy: A love of the Eucharist and her perspective on the unity of all peoples; courage and initiative in addressing social inequality among minorities; her efforts to achieve quality education for all; and her selfless service, including the donation of her inheritance, for the victims of injustice. She is known as the Patron Saint of racial justice and of philanthropists. Her feast day is March 3, the anniversary of her death. She is buried in Cornwells Heights, Bensalem Township. Within the Diocese of Charleston, Saint Katharine Drexel isbest known for her contributions to the establishment of the new Immaculate Conception School in Charleston.

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0.20 Linear Feet (1 slim box)

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Photocopied correspondence regarding Saint Katharine Mary Drexel's work in the Diocese of Charleston.

Source of Acquisition

Received from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Archives in March 2004.

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Processed by Brian P. Fahey.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US