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Saint Katharine Drexel Mission Center and Shrine
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food is good cheese fries are great! Televisions all over so you don’t miss your favorite time and you can have your favorite alcoholic drink

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Last Friday I spent 4 hours in the peaceful serenity of this place. Since 1891 this shrine has provided a beacon of light, but sadly it will be closed on December 31st. The causes St. Katharine espoused are as important today as they were during her lifetime, but with a dwindling number of Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (most of whom are of an advanced age) and a shortage of funds, this is the reality that must be faced. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained; take time to savor them and feel the grace they impart. The chapel is an understated work of art and an architectural treasure. While there take time to study the French porcelain, hand-painted Stations of the Cross. They are small, but exquisite. Beneath the chapel, you can visit the crypt of Saint Katharine. Just outside the crypt, you may view an excellent video about St. Katharine, and on this level you will also see her habit, her desk, her family altar, a number of her personal belongings, and pictures and text that will enrich your visit. Her family, her drive, her devotion, and her accomplishments are inspirational to anyone who visits - whether Catholic or not. Before you leave, stop at the gift shop where you will find an excellent selection of books, devotional items, and quality handmade items. I particularly encourage African Americans to go there - as well as anyone of American Indian heritage.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Before it closes, the Drexel shrine is a place to see. The architecture alone is amazing and the story of Saint Katherine is inspiring. People of all faiths should make a pilgrimage.

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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

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 Americans, and overall beauty of these wonderful exhibits and grounds are definitely worth the trip. If Catholic, the access to a real saint's crypt, as well as first and second degree relics, are unparalleled. And as mentioned, once Saint Katherine Drexel is moved, the other exhibits will not all be included. Definitely worth the drive. Handicap accessible and good for school age children too. And gift shop lovely.

1  Thank Dorothy S
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Reviewed 11 July 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 the year.

1  Thank Christine R
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