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Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel to close, as her religious order shrinks

April 12, 2017

The National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel, in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, will be closed at the end of this calendar year, its administrators have announced.

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The shrine, which contains relics of St. Katharine Drexel, is located alongside the motherhouse of the order she founded, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The order has been forced to sell properties, primarily because of a drop in the number of members.

The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, who once boasted 600 members, now have only 100, most of them living in retirement.


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Apr. 12, 2017 9:08 PM ET USA

    It is sad to see this illustrious order shrinking into possible extinction.