The Word Among Us

January 2009 Issue

The Transformation of Katharine Drexel

How an heiress became a prophet.

By: Jill A. Boughton

The Transformation of Katharine Drexel: How an heiress became a prophet. by Jill A. Boughton

What is a prophet? A strident voice denouncing injustice? A wild-eyed visionary calling sinners to repentance?

These images hardly fit Katharine Drexel, a refined, wealthy woman who disliked being in the public eye and felt strongly attracted to hidden...

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