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Katharine Drexel

Katharine Drexel was an American heiress, philanthropist, religious sister, and educator. She was the second person born in what is now the United States to be canonized as a saint and the first one born a U.S. citizen.

Daughter of banker Francis Anthony Drexel and his wife Hannah Langstroth, she was expected to enter high society as an adult. Becoming known as a philanthropist, she met with the pope in 1887 to request missionaries for work with Native Americans and African Americans, and he suggested she become a nun herself. She did so, shocking the nation and soon after founding the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, serving as its first mother superior.

In 1925, she founded what became Xavier University of Louisiana, the first and only Catholic HBCU. She also founded dozens of other primary schools around the country, and many parishes as well (especially when separate Black churches became a requirement under Jim Crow). The SBS sisters typically worked at the institutions as well.

Later in life, she became bedridden with illness, but continued to fund and staff missions. Upon her death in 1955, her inheritance was rerouted to other charities (as stipulated in her father's will, since she had no children), but the SBS sisters continued her work. She was canonized in 2000; her feast day is celebrated on March 3. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Some of their strengths

Katharine Drexel has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Confident, Intelligent, Achievement-oriented, Adventurous, Generous, Optimistic, and Extroverted.

Adventurous and Independent

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Katharine Drexel is someone who is an adventurous, independent, and energetic person, who is insightful, imaginative, generous, and honest. A person who defines themself by their friends and what groups they belong to.

Adaptable and Versatile

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Katharine Drexel well know them as someone who can be adaptable, flexible, and polite, like a flower or a sapling.

Organized and Achievement-oriented

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Katharine Drexel as someone who is organized, goal-oriented, practical, and persevering.

Who is hardworking, intellectual, and easygoing, who loves higher education and learning and sharing ideas with others, and who loves healthy competition.

Social and Intuitive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Katharine Drexel is someone who values forming deep friendships and relationships, and who has strong intuition and reasoning skills .

They are also someone who is balanced, organized, and in-charge, and who loves traveling, working hard, and figuring out the patterns of things.

Optimistic and Quick-witted

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Katharine Drexel tends to be someone who is optimistic and spontaneous, and who has a clear and analytical mind. Who can be witty, with a happy-go-lucky- nature that makes others cheerful, and who possesses an adventurous zest for life.

Some of Katharine Drexel's challenges

While Katharine Drexel has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Katharine Drexel can be Impulsive, Careless, Arrogant, Status-seeking, Rebellious, Emotionally Distant, and Callous.

Impulsive and Careless

One of Katharine Drexel's key challenges is that they are someone who can be impulsive and careless.

Callous and Selfish

Katharine Drexel is someone who can be standoffish, pessimistic, and ruthless, who can have difficulty concentrating and be impatient, can have difficulty discovering the keys to personal contentment, and who can have a tendency to overwork and hoard wealth and possessions.

Irritable and Callous

Finally, Katharine Drexel also can be short-tempered, childish, insensitive, and careless at times.

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