THE ICON: St. Katharine Drexel
THE LEGACY: During her canonization in 2000, Pope John Paul II described Mother Katharine Drexel as the embodiment of “practical charity.” New Orleanians know that to be true. The Philadelphia heiress used her $20 million fortune to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1891 to educate African-American and Native American children. Her vast legacy includes Xavier Prep and Xavier University, the countless New Orleans children whose full potential was realized as a direct result of the sacrifices she made on their behalf.
THE ARTIST: D. Lammie-Hanson, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “May the example of St. Katharine Drexel be a beacon of light and hope inspiring all of us to make a greater gift of time, talent and treasure for the benefit of those most in need.” – Pope John Paul II, in canonizing her as a saint in October 2000