Philadelphia homecoming of St. Katherine Drexel finalized

Her crypt is moving from Bucks County to the Cathedral Basilica.

Mark Abrams
June 04, 2018 - 8:19 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  The entire tomb containing the remains of Saint Katherine Drexel will be transferred from the former motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Bensalem to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Father Dennis Gill, cathedral rector, says will work will start within weeks at a side altar in the rear of the cathedral dedicated to Philadelphia's own saint.

"Now we're ready to begin, very shortly, to build a little platform to hold the tomb," Gill said. "We're also going to bring the mosaic that presently exists over her tomb at the motherhouse and that will be over her tomb here in the Basilica."

Gill says it is a fitting homecoming for St. Katherine Drexel because she not only founded her order of nuns in the Philadelpha area, but she also worshipped at the cathedral, and her funeral Mass was held there in March 1955.

He says a formal dedication of the saint's new home is being planned for early fall.