“St. Katharine took words from the readings we listen to today and was very willing to forsake what she could to gain a closer relationship with God,” said Father Henry Sands, director of the Black and Indian Mission Office.
Bishop Curtis Guillory SVD celebrated Mass in honor of St. Katharine Drexel March 1 at Sacred Heart, Port Arthur. Father Sands served as the homilist. The Mass also acknowledged the recommitment of the members to the Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Those members are Linda Duhon-LaCour, Freda Guillory, Aubrey Semien, Cynthia McZeal-Sinegal, William James Carter, Louise Donatto and Ann Henry.
St. Katharine Drexel became a very important figure in the Southeast Texas community by helping to establish Blessed Sacrament School in Beaumont, Sacred Heart School in Port Arthur and St. Theresa School in Orange. Through her living the Gospel message, she dedicated her life helping communities of the Native Americans and African Americans.
“We owe her for what she has done for all of us,” Father Sands said.
The Black and Indian Mission Office is a group of organizations that cooperate with local diocesan communities to attend to the spiritual and physical needs of the African American and Native American communities.