National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel, Bensalem

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#7 of 8 in Historic Sites in Bucks County
Each year, thousands of people arrive at the Mission Center and Shrine. Some come to pray, others to see this historic place and learn about the life of an extraordinary American woman, Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Mission Center offers visitors a place to pray, relax, learn, and eat. Covered ramps lead from the Mission Center to St. Elizabeth Chapel and Shrine. The Gift Shop and bathrooms are conveniently located. The indoor cafe and the open air patio with tables make pleasant places to eat and chat. Elevators provide easy access to the auditorium and meeting room on the second floor.

The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament partner with others to offer programs in spirituality, justice issues, environmental responsibility, Eucharistic theology, liturgy, etc.

The Sisters want to preserve the sense of the sacred many visitors say they experience. Time and again they tell how they appreciate the quiet and prayerful environment, within the buildings and on the grounds.

Some pilgrimage groups traveling with a priest include the Eucharistic liturgy as an essential part of their spiritual journey. A group may plan a structured day of prayer and sharing.

Historically the apostolate of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament has been primarily with Black and Native American people, first in the United States, more recently in Haiti. Much of the art displayed in St. Elizabeth Chapel, the Gift Shop offers works by or about Native American, African and Haitian artists and musicians.

Furniture, photo displays, and other artifacts graphically tell the story of St. Katharine Drexel, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and the accomplishments of Black and Native American people.

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  • July 31, 2017
    How often outside the Vatican or a major cathedral can you get close up and learn about a real saint? Whether Catholic or not, the history, tribute to civil rights for African American and Native Amer...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    The shrine is a hidden treasure. The grounds are beautiful and the chapel is so impressive you'll want to spend most of your time there in quiet prayer. It's a shame it will be closing at the end of t...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    An inspirational location for Catholics as well as anyone who appreciates saints and examples of selfless service. The shrine has a very informative video about St Katharine's life plus museum pieces ...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    +JMJ Was blessed to help a friend move from Richmond VA to S. Philly. Having a few days to stay for a visit, he took my friend and I to several Churches and Shrines that had special affiliation with holy men and women who lived in Philadelphia. One such devoted follower of Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic Church is Saint Katherine Drexel. My friend and I were allowed to meet one of the Sisters who knew St Katherine and who actually helped the then ailing St Katherine with physical health support. We were also invited to join her and the other Sisters in the community for lunch. Very sweet and kindly ladies! Additionally, we paid a visit to the National Shrine of St Katharine, spending time in prayer and in viewing the artifacts which belonged to her at different moments in her life. It was nice to visit the Shrine which is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of her life dedicated to serving Jesus in the then disassociated Native Americans and Black Americans. Sacred Scriptures informs us that Jesus said they will know that you are My disciple by the love you have for others. Amen!

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