St. Augustine celebrates St. Katharine Drexel’s Feast Day

There is still at least one member of our parish family, Martin Lowry, who remembers Mother Katharine Drexel, who was canonized St. Katharine in October of 2000 by Pope John Paul II. ?Mother Katharine made several trips to Winnebago between 1909 and 1945 when she pulled her Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament out of most of the mission schools she founded, and handed all responsibilities for St. Augustine Indian Mission over to the Archdiocese of Omaha. We are very proud of the fact that we have continued her work after her vital financial support and the work of her Sisters were no longer present. ?”It is a strong testimony of the kind of leadership we have had in the Archdiocese of Omaha over the years, and the current leadership we enjoy with Archbishop George Lucas.” said Fr. Dave Korth. ?”Many of the mission schools St. Katharine founded did not survive after she pulled her support. ?But the existence of St. Augustine Indian Mission is evidence that there has always been a commitment to the poor in our archdiocese.”

To help honor St. Katharine Drexel, and give thanks to God for bringing one of church’s very special servants here to reach out to the Native Americans living on the Omaha and Winnebago Indian Reservations, Sarah Snake prayed in the Winnebago sign language as Fr. Dave sang “The Our Father”. ?That prayer was followed by Craig Cleveland, Jr. singing the song he composed and recorded for “Songs & Prayers from St. Augustine Indian Mission”. ?His song is titled, “Honoring St. Katharine Drexel”. ?You can view videos of these prayers here.