Spotlight on Local History

St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Philadelphia

St Katherine DrexelIn this talk, Dr. Maggie McGuinness will discuss the ministry of St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Philadelphia’s African-American neighborhoods. She will discuss how their work in urban neighborhoods opened up a new chapter in the history of a religious community originally founded to evangelize in far off corners of the country.

About the Speaker

McGuinessDr. Maggie McGuinness is a professor of religion at La Salle University. She also serves on the Board of Managers of the American Catholic Historical Society and was co-editor of its journal, American Catholic Studies from 2000 to 2013. She is author of Called to Serve: A History of American Nuns (NYU Press, 2013) and is currently working on a biography of Katharine Drexel.

Event Details

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, with a light reception to follow.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
1:30 p.m. House opens | 2:00pm Talk

The Society’s House
263 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Please RSVP by September 14.