Saint Katharine Drexel Stuffed Shells

I love to smother these delicious spinach stuffed shells with sauce and plenty of Mozzarella cheese. I then bake until bubbly! They are perfect for the feast day of Katherine Drexel and are Lenten friendly also.

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Today is the Feast Day of Katharine Drexel.

Katharine Drexel was born into a family where the idea that wealth was simply loaned to them and was meant to be shared with everyone.

Upon a family trip to the west, as a young girl, Katharine saw first hand the plight of the American Indian. Those early images is what convinced her for the rest of her life to always strive to alleviate their condition.  In the end, thanks to her personal and financial support there were several missions and schools named in her honor.

Later in her life, while visiting Pope Leo XIII,  she required more missionaries to staff the Native American missions that she was supporting.  To her surprise Pope Leo ask that she also become a missionary. That is exactly what she did. After speaking with Bishop James O’Connor, she dedicated herself to God. She used her inheritance to service the Indians and African-Americans.

 

082From then on, she supported a very improvised lifestyle, only requiring the bare necessities. On February 12, 1891 she professed her first vows as a religious, founding the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. their dedication was to share the message of the gospel among the African-American and Indian population.

Katharine felt compassion for the African-Americans also. She wanted to change racial attitudes and change the substandard way of life. She wanted to educate them so they would not have to continue to do underpaid menial tasks. She wanted them to enjoy the same constitutional rights as ever one else.

While she was alive, she opened over 6o missions and schools. Her crowning achievement was the Xavier University of Louisiana. She founded the predominantly African-American catholic institution in the United States.

Katherine Drexel died on March 3, 1955.

She was beautified by Pope John Paul II on November 20, 1980.

Today I will be sharing with you Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells.

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Peace be with you,

Veronica