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Drexel

CATHOLIC HERO: Katharine Drexel was born into a wealthy family in Philadelphia in1858, but when she got older, she took a vow of poverty, founded a new order of religious sisters (the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament), and devoted her great wealth to serving Native Americans and African-Americans. (The money she inherited from her father would be worth about $400 million in today’s dollars.)

In 1922, a local KKK group turned against one of the order’s schools in Beaumont, Texas, and threatened to tar and feather the pastor and bomb his church. The nuns prayed and days later, a tornado came and destroyed the headquarters of the KKK killing two of their members. The Sisters were never threatened again. Continue reading

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