The “translation” (or relocation) of the remains of Philadelphia’s beloved St. Katharine Drexel marked its first anniversary in a new shrine at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, reflecting an age-old Catholic tradition.
On Aug. 2, more than 130 gathered to honor the move with a memorial Mass celebrated by Father Dennis Gill, director of the Archdiocesan Office for Divine Worship and rector of the Cathedral.
In his homily, Father Gill said that St. Katharine Drexel — who gave up her family fortune to serve the marginalized African-American and Native American populations — remained a “prophetic witness” to the Gospel.
(All photos by Sarah Webb.)
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