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On February 12, 1891, Katherine Drexel professed her first vows as a religious sister, dedicating herself to work among the Native Americans and African-Americans in the western and southwestern United States.  Mother Katherine was joined by 13 other women in establishing a new religious congregation, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.  Their Motherhouse was in Cornwells Heights, Pennsylvania. Mother Katherine was from a very wealthy family and as a religious, she used much of her inheritance to fund schools for Native Americans and African-Americans. Her experience among the minorities shaped her dedication to social justice issues. In 1922 she spoke to the SSNDs gathered at the Motherhouse at Ripa, outside St. Louis, Missouri. She shared her vision on social justice and challenged the SSNDs to address the injustices in society. Some of her vision influenced the position of the congregation.

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