Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Sainthood Campaign for Founder of Xavier Clears Major Hurdle

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Sainthood Campaign for Founder of Xavier Clears Major Hurdle

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NEW ORLEANS - Katharine Drexel, a millionaire heiress who renounced Philadelphia society to become a Catholic nun working among impoverished Blacks and American Indians and who later used her fortune to found Xavier University, has cleared the last major hurdle in the process the Catholic church employs to identify saints.

A team of medical examiners could find no natural explanation for the restoration of hearing in an unidentified Pennsylvania child earher found to be completely deaf, and whose family said they prayed to Drexel to intercede with God on their child's behalf. If formally accepted, the healing would constitute the required second miracle the church regards as divine confirmation that a candidate is worthy of worldwide emulation.

Born in 1858, Katharine Drexel was one of three daughters of Francis A. Drexel, a wealthy international banker who guaranteed his daughters a lifetime income generated by a $14 million trust. …

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