Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament News & Events

Holy Mass with the Dedication
of the New Tomb of St. Katharine Drexel

Nov. 18, 2018 – Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Phila., PA
While attendees arrived at the Cathedral for Sunday Mass, they were treated to the wonderful vocals of the visiting Xavier University Concert Choir of Louisiana, as well as the local talents of the Cathedral Basilica Choir, Archdiocesan Children’s Choir, and the Archdiocesan Choir of Philadelphia prior to the start of the special service.

Click on the video below to see a snippet of the XULA Concert Choir:

The 11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass began with a procession of local, Catholic High School student representatives bearing flags from their schools, members of the Knights of Columbus, seminarians, and clergy members, including celebrant & homilist, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.

Signing was provided for the hearing impaired, who sat in reserved seating up front. Also sitting in reserved seats were a group of Drexel family members, recipients of the miracles that lead to St. Katharine’s beatification, some of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation founded by St. Katharine Drexel, and some of their Associates. The side aisles and separate chapel were filled to capacity with a diversity of ages and races. The newly installed tomb with the sacred remains of St. Katharine Drexel was blessed while those in attendance listened/viewed on various televisions displayed throughout the Cathedral. Co-celebrant, Rev. Gerald Dennis Gill, Rector and Pastor of the Cathedral, wrote the lyrics to the beautiful welcome hymn which paid homage to the saint and her mission. The liturgy included readings in English and Spanish accompanied by translations in the Mass programs.

Archbishop Chaput shared how befitting it was for him, a priest with a Native American heritage, to have the privilege to be part of the celebration of the Mass. He also spoke about how he has very fond memories of his visits to the former Shrine of St. Katharine where he celebrated special Masses for the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Archbishop Chaput both acknowledged and thanked the Sisters for their attendance and their “great service to the community” in carrying on the mission of their foundress. He also expressed deep gratitude to Fr. Gill for handling the many details involved in the process of translating the remains from Bensalem to the Cathedral, and to the Connelly Foundation, who provided the generous grant for the construction and installation of the tomb. “Without their support,” the Archbishop noted, “this wouldn’t have been possible.”


Click above to view a snippet of Sr. Donna Breslin’s speech.

Sr. Donna Breslin, president of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament briefly spoke about St. Katharine Drexel and the new location of her sacred remains at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul as a “coming home for our foundress who prayed and worshiped within these very walls.” She received a hug from the Archbishop and a standing ovation from all in attendance.

Attendees were able to visit the tomb of St. Katharine Drexel prior to and after the celebration of the Mass. Many lined up to pray and take pictures in front of her tomb and visit the Drexel Family side altar adjacent to it. A development fund has been established to install additional lighting and signage in the future.

A new website for information and updates has also been developed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. You can view that at:
To view the EWTN video of this mass, click here, or scroll below to the story and link posted previously on this page.

Did you miss the Mass at
the Cathedral Basilica?

Now you have a chance to view the video!

If you weren’t able to attend the Nov. 18th Mass
at the Cathedral Basilica, you will now have a chance to view
it in its entirety thanks to EWTN and their series titled,
Cathedrals Across America.

Click here or on the graphic above to view the video.

ArchbishoChaput Issues a
Formal Invitation to the
November Mass

October 5, 2018

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia issues a formal invitation to all who would like to attend the Celebration of the Installation of the Tomb with the Sacred Remains of Saint Katharine Drexel, which is to be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the 11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

To view and/or download the flyer, click here or on the graphic on the right.

For additional information and updates, click here.

You can now view the Archdiocesan New Website
for St. Katharine Drexel at:
It will continue to be updated as the full site is developed.

Sacred Remains Updates
on the Basilica website…

St. Katharine Drexel Updates/Information on the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul website

St. Katharine Drexel’s body has been translated from
the Motherhouse in Bensalem PA, to the
Cathedral Basilica in Philadelphia, PA.

For more details and updates regarding this, click here.

Notice of Public Celebration

Saint Katharine Drexel’s Sacred Remains to be Transferred to the Cathedral Basilica
Of Saints Peter and Paul

UPDATE: The New Tomb is Now Open to the Public!

The Installation of the Tomb of Saint Katharine Drexel will take place on Sunday, November 18, 2018, with the 11:00 AM Solemn Mass at the Cathedral Basilica. Click this link for more information.

Get Your Bids Ready!
This event has now ended!
OCTOBER 29, 2018 Cultural Items for Sale

For more information click on the above graphic.

An absentee bidding form is available to download.

Generosity, Glamour and Great Times at the 2018 GALA Event


On Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, supporters and friends of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament looked stylish as they attended the annual GALA Event. Although rain fell outside of the Belle Voir Manor at Pen Ryn Estate on the Delaware in Bensalem, PA, it was nothing but smiles and a bright, cheery atmosphere indoors. The guests enjoyed appetizers while chatting and viewing prizes for the auction and drawings in the beautiful reception area. 

Following the cocktail hour, attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner, music by DJ Bobby O, and the presentation of the 2018 St. Katharine Drexel National Justice Award to Sr. Patricia Daly, Op. You can read more about her accomplishments on our GALA Event Page and on our Special Features page. Next, there was a live auction for a catered dinner by D&H Caterers which included a very special guest, Bob Gutherman, recipient of one of the miracles which lead to St. Katharine’s Beatification. An autographed Eagles Jersey by Derek Barnett was another popular item available to bid on as George and Tina Gerlach co-hosted the live auction. The excitement continued with the prize drawing, 50-50, and the money raffle drawings. A list of the winners can be viewed on our updated GALA Event page.

As the evening progressed and the music livened up, so did the dance floor. It was filled with couples, groups and second line dancing…a New Orlean’s tradition, with our friend, Lynn Honoré, leading the way! 

We would like to thank all who attended, sponsored, donated prizes, time, energy and money to make the 2018 GALA a success. Hats off to the committee members who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, and all those involved in making it such a wonderful evening!

Anne DeMarco, Associate of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, holds up the hankies commemorating the SBS presence in New Orleans.

The dance floor was
rarely empty!

View Our Event
Photo Albums

To view a mini album of highlight photos from our GALA on our SBS Facebook Page, click this link.

To view, download, print or upload photos & videos of your own to our GALA 2018 Shutterfly Share Site, click here.   

The GALA is always a wonderful occasion for people to catch up with one another while supporting the ministry efforts and the Sisters who continue to follow in the footsteps of St. Katharine Drexel. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!

2018 Dual Jubilee Celebration

On June 23, 2018, the auditorium at Paul’s Run Retirement was beautifully transformed by Sr. Lynn Marie Ralph, SBS, for a joint celebration of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament’s 60th and 70th Jubilees since entrance.

Four Sisters were there to renew their vows and celebrate these milestones in their ministry, however a fifth Sister, Sr. Catherine Joseph Bennett, SBS, sadly passed away just days before celebrating her 70th Jubilee. A flute was placed at the lectern in her honor along with the corsage that she would have worn.

Rev. Stephen D. Thorne, pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish and friend of the SBS, celebrated the mass. Familiar with the life and teachings of St. Katharine Drexel, Rev. Thorne spoke about how St. Katharine embodied the words…faith, resilience and love …attributes which all of these Jubilarians exemplify.

His homily encouraged all of the Sisters in attendance to show joy and positivity even in difficulties, as their foundress did. He urged them to continue to speak out against racism, sexism, and any other “ism” that divides God’s people. Rev. Thorne reminded them that they were called to go out and proclaim the Good News — to teach, preach and bring Jesus to God’s people. He further inspired the Jubilarians and SBS by telling them to continue trusting in God’s people and His providence. He stated that this is not something you do alone…“Jesus is with you; God never contemplated us being alone on the mountain.”

Following the wonderful Jubilee Mass, the room was further transformed so that those in attendance could enjoy a small reception with food and beverages in honor of the Jubilarians: Sr. M. Catherine Joseph Bennett (70th – not in attendance); Sr. M. Ann Elizabeth Lamsback, SBS (70th); Sr. Nathalee Bryant, SBS (60th); Sr. Jeanette Kinlicheeny, SBS (60th) and Sr. Roland Lagarde, SBS (60th).

Right: Jubilarians with Rev. Stephen D. Thorne, Pastor of St. Martin de Porres, Philadelphia

To see more images from our Jubilee, click this link to view our Facebook SBS Jubilarians & Jubilees 2018 album.

To view Sr. Catherine’s memorial album, click here.

Far Left: Sr. Jeannette Kinlicheeny, SBS, hugs fellow Jubilarian, Sr. Anne Elizabeth Lamsback, SBS, following the celebration of the Mass.

Left:  Sr. Roland Lagarde, SBS, poses with the Jubilee Mass program in front of the decorated altar.

Right:  Sr. Nathalee Bryant, SBS, smiles brightly prior to the Jubilee celebration.

Paul’s Run Summer Picnic 2018 

If there is jazz music in the air, you can be assured that Sr. Roland Lagarde, SBS, will not miss out on the experience. She lead the jazz band outdoors to the applause of many appreciating her 2nd line dancing.

Although the Annual Summer Picnic had to be rescheduled due to prior rainy weather, on June 14, 2018, the sun was shining brightly upon the residents, volunteers and workers who attended the event at Paul’s Run Retirement Community, including our very own Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Sr. Marilyn Foy, SBS, fixes her plate of picnic goodies… including a burger from one of the food tables.

The parking lot area was lined with tables and chairs under large white tents providing a reprieve from the hot sun. The air was filled with conversations, music from a DJ, and later in the afternoon, the cheerful melodies of a jazz band performed in the lobby as well as outdoors. Residents, workers, their children and some of the residents’ families enjoyed a little dancing, a delicious BBQ, popcorn and some cotton candy…all summertime favorites! For activities, there were carnival games and prizes, henna tattoos and a sand art booth.

Our energetic Sisters, Roland Lagarde and Marjorie Everett enjoyed some Second Line dancing to the New Orlean’s style music in the lobby. Sr. Roland, who is a native of New Orleans, lead the parade through the front entrance to continue the dancing outside. Donning her yellow and white striped umbrella hat, Sister put on a show and gained much applause for her exuberance. She later danced with a male resident, whom I heard was in his nineties, who also shared her excitement for the music that day.

Some residents navigated with their rolling wheelchairs, some even bringing their pets with them, and others were escorted by nurses who enabled all who were willing to enjoy the fun festivities that day. As you can see by the pictures, our SBS enjoyed being in the company of one another, and they appreciated spending time with all who attended the wonderful Summer Picnic held at Paul’s Run.

More Photos:

To view the full album of photos added to our Facebook page, click here.

All smiles, Sr. Amédée Maxwell, SBS, enjoys the indoor entertainment at the picnic.

Sr. Geraldine Mikulec, SBS stops for a photo by one of the food tents set up.

Sr. M. Norbert Moline, SBS, takes her shot at the Tip-A-Troll game…winning a pinwheel prize for knocking one down! Way to go Sr. Norbert!!!

Celebrating Special Anniversaries of Five Sisters This Jubilee

On June 23, 2018, at Paul’s Run Retirement Community, we recognize the following Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament who are celebrating their 60th/70th anniversaries since entrance. Regretfully, one of our 70 yr. Jubilarians, Sr. Catherine Joseph Bennett, has gone on to her eternal reward just three days shy of the Jubilee celebration.

We will continue to celebrate Sister’s commitment to her vows in her loving memory. Join us in prayers and blessings for these wonderful Sisters who have dedicated their lives in service to God and to the marginalized. They have exemplified through their fidelity and service the words of their foundress, St. Katharine Drexel…

“Be altogether intent in serving God with the talents He has given you, and then in the way He wishes.”


70th Jubilarians

Sr. M. Catharine Joseph Bennett, SBS*

Sr. M. Ann Elizabeth Lamsback, SBS

60th Jubilarians

Sr. Nathalee Bryant, SBS

Sr. Jeanette Kinlicheeny, SBS

Sr. M. Roland Lagarde, SBS

Congratulations and Many Blessings!

* In Loving Memory

We ask that you hold Sr. M. Catherine Joseph Bennett, SBS, her family and friends in your prayers during this difficult time. Information regarding her funeral arrangements can be found on our In Loving Memory page or by clicking here.

Saint Katharine Drexel Feast Day Mass 2018 at Cathedral in Philadelphia

The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, SBS, were joined by some of their Associates, and the public to honor their foundress, St. Katharine Drexel, on her Feast Day, March 3, 2018. A beautiful evening Mass was celebrated by Pastor, Rev. G. Dennis Gill, at the Cathedral Basilica Saints Peter & Paul in Center City Philadelphia.

St. Katharine’s photo was beautifully displayed on the altar surrounded by flowers and candles to remind those in attendance of her saintly virtues and accomplishments. The amazing choir added their voices to make it a very beautiful and joyful celebration.


Above: Rev. F. Dennis Fill, Pastor of the Cathedral Basilica Sts. Peter & Paul welcomes everyone who came to honor St. Katharine and attend Mass on her Feast Day.

Left: A  framed photo of St. Katharine Drexel was displayed on the right side of the altar. 

President of the SBS, Sr. Donna Breslin, welcomed worshipers to Mass and reminded all of the inspiration that St. Katharine provides for the world today —  calling us all to seek peace, social justice, and to offer hope to the marginalized.

Below: The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Miracle Recipients, Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and some of the local church community came to honor the Saint on her Feast Day.


Right: The brother of miracle recipient, Amy Wall joined miracle recipient Robert Gutherman, whose hearing was also restored through prayers to St. Katharine to bring up the offertory gifts.

Left: The Chorus added their voices to make it a beautiful Feast Day Mass at the Cathedral.

The annual Feast Day Mass for St. Katharine Drexel will continue to be celebrated at the Cathedral, and all are invited to attend. To view images from the 2018 Feast Day Mass on our SBS Facebook page, click here.

St. Katharine
Drexel Feast
Day Novena

Begining Feb. 22 – Mar. 2 you
can join us in praying the
St. Katharine Drexel
Feast Day Novena.


To view  or
download the
Novena online
click on
this link.


March 3

St. Katharine Drexel’s

Mar 3, 2018 – St. Katharine’s Feast Day

Mass of Thanksgiving

A final, private “Mass of Thanksgiving” in St. Elizabeth Chapel at the National Shrine of Katharine Drexel was held at 2 p.m. on December 31, 2017. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament were joined by current and previous employees, volunteers, Associates and Clergy to offer praise and gratitude for the Eucharistic ministries and treasured relationships initiated there.

St. Martin De Porres multi-talented musicians and Gospel Choir brought a joyful tone to the event. Bishop Deliman of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia concelebrated the mass with almost a dozen various clergy members with close ties to the Sisters. The bishop noted in his homily St. Katharine’s fearless attitude of service and her visionary spirit…perfect inspiration for all present to further the Mission of the SBS.

Above Left: Bishop Deliman gives his homily and highlights St. Katharine’s fearlessness.

Above Right: Final Mass concelebrated at St. Elizabeth Chapel on Dec. 31, 2017.

St. Elizabeth Chape
l was built by St. Katharine in 1892 as part of the original motherhouse. Nearing its’ centennial year, renovations began in 1988 in accordance with the Second Vatican Council. St. Elizabeth Chapel still stands today as a symbol of love and sacrifice that St. Katharine and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament made over the years. 

Left: Attendees pray quietly after communion.

Right Top: St. Martin De Porres Gospel Choir and musicians added their talents to the Mass.

Right Lower: Many guests packed the back of St. Elizabeth Chapel which showcases the banner from St. Katharine’s Canonization Ceremony held at the Vatican in Rome.


Click this link to view or to upload your images from the event.

You can also view and tag yourself in images from the event in our SBS Facebook page album.

We Celebrate & Honor You

Oct. 9, 2017 – On this day, we remember the native peoples of this country with honor and respect, and recognize our own Native American Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament…Sr. Jeanette Kinlicheeny, Sr. Consolata Beecher, Sr. Theresa Chato, Sr. Marilyn Ross and Sr. Rosita Shiosee.

Oct. 9, 2017 – Native American Day

Pray for Guidance

St. Tekakwitha
Lily of the Mowhawks

SBS 2017 Jubilee Mass & Reception

Above: Left to Right: Sr. Jane Norton, SBS, Sr. Therese Misencik, SBS and Sr. Agnes McDevitt pose for a photo following their Jubilee Mass.

Fellow SBS and some residents of Paul’s Run gathered to honor Sr. Therese Misencik, SBS, who celebrated her 70th Jubilee, and Srs. Jane Norton, SBS, and Agnes McDevitt, SBS, who celebrated their 60th Jubilee as Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. These Sisters have dedicated a lifetime of service in ministry, answering God’s call with a total “gift of self” commitment to the religious life. Their Jubilees were celebrated at a combined mass on Sunday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Paul’s Run, with a small reception that followed.

(Shown below, left to right) Sr. Jane Norton, SBS, 60th Jubilee, Sr. Therese Misencik, SBS, 70th Jubilee, and Sr. Agnes McDevitt, SBS, 60th Jubilee.  These Sisters celebrated their year of service to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament with a mass, where they rededicated themselves to walking in the footsteps of St. Katharine Drexel through a renewal of vows.

To view the Facebook Album
of Jubilarian Images,

click here.

To view more images from the
Facebook Album of SBS 2017
Jubilee Mass and Reception,

click here.

Candlelit Easter Vigil at St. Elizabeth Chapel

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, Catholic worshipers gathered in a procession into St. Elizabeth Chapel for a final Easter Vigil Mass for both visitors of the Shrine and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.
The historic chapel, built as part of the Motherhouse property by St. Katharine Drexel in the late 1800’s, will no longer be open once the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel closes at the end of the year. For many of those in attendance, they were cherishing the opportunity to experience the beautiful candlelit service in this Chapel as the occasions to worship are limited in number as the year passes.

The beauty of St. Elizabeth’s Chapel shined during a candlelit Easter Vigil Mass where worshipers passed the light to one another, symbolic of passing on the light of the Risen Christ. The candles were used at various times throughout the Saturday evening Mass.

You can preview a photo album of the event on our SBS facebook page by clicking here.

St. Patrick’s Day 2017
at the Motherhouse

There were signs of St. Patrick’s Day all around the Motherhouse during dinner time, and at a small celebration in St. Michael’s parlor. Some of the Sisters with Irish heritage, and some just pretending to be Irish for the day, wore hats, necklaces and green attire to embrace the spirit of the holiday. Isn’t it fabulous to see their smiling faces?

Activities coordinator, Lisa Abbe poses with Sr. Nicholas Cooke, SBS, for a photo at the St. Patrick’s Day get together on March 17, 2017.

Want to see more photos of the SBS at this event?

You can preview a photo album of the event on our SBS facebook page by clicking here.

Employee Gratitude Prayer Service & Reception

In keeping with St. Katharine’s tradition of acknowledging the staff members whose efforts enable the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to do their ministry work, a small prayer service and reception was held on March 15, 2017 at St. Michael’s Chapel and Parlor.

Above: SBS prays over the employees and staff at the prayer service of gratitude.

Everyone in attendance joined in prayer, reflection, and community while the Sisters expressed their deep gratitude for the employees, both personally and professionally.

Below, Sr. Pat Marshall, SBS, had a captive audience of listeners while she chatted with employees and staff. This included fellow Sister, Pat Downs, Director of the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and Mission Center.


Above, Sisters Donna Breslin, Susanne Guglielmi and Sr. Agnes McDevitt of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament had the opportunity to converse with employees Denise Sarbor and Tina Gerlach as well as other staff members during the reception.

To view more photos from the event,
click here.

St. Katharine Drexel’s Public Feastday Mass and National Justice Award Held on Sunday at St. Elizabeth’s Chapel

Director of the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and Mission Center, Sr. Patricia Downs, SBS, checks that everything is ready for the celebration to begin.

Close up of 2017 award recipient, Ann Hoppenot, co-founder of KONEKTE Princeton-Haiti, with her St. Katharine Drexel National Justice Award.

On Sun., March 5, 2017, Bishop Edward Delliman celebrated the 9:30 a.m. mass at St. Elizabeth Chapel which publicly recognized the Feastday of St. Katharine Drexel and honored the 2017 St. Katharine Drexel National Justice Award Winner, Ann Hoppenot. Ann is affiliated with the Stuart County Country Day School and is the co-founder of KONEKTE Princeton-Haiti, an organization that she works so passionately to establish a partnership between Princeton, NJ and Fond Parisien, Haiti to support children and communities with educational initiatives.

Bishop Edward Delliman celebrates the public feastday mass prior to the 2017 St. Katharine Drexel National Justice Award presentation.

2017 St. Katharine Drexel National Justice Award Winner poses for a photo with her husband, one of the Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and Srs. Pat Suchalski and Donna Breslin, SBS.

Afterward, a small reception was held in the Mission Center building. You can view photos of the mass and reception by clicking on these links.


Attendees enjoy delicious appetizers in the Mission Center following the ceremony.

Many guests visited the Shrine Gift Shop, which remains open daily through the end of 2017.

Following in the Footsteps of a Saint…
a Feastday Mass and Humble
Sharing of the Bread

Many lined up to receive communion — St. Katharine showed great devotion to the holy Eucharist throughout her writings and her lifetime.

On Mar. 3, 2017, the feastday of St. Katharine Drexel, founder of  the SBS (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament) was celebrated in St. Elizabeth Chapel with a mass. Many came to honor this American born saint on her special day in prayer and reverence.

Following the mass, the public was invited back to the Mission Center for a sharing of the bread celebration which included choices of homemade soup and bread, donated by the many wonderful volunteers at the Mission Center and Shrine. Young and old gathered in fellowship as well as to celebrate St. Katharine’s vision of building unity and community among all people.

Mission Center volunteers serve cups of homemade soup to those who turned out to celebrate St. Katharine’s feastday on March 3, 2017.

On a chilly winter day, the warmth and sincerity filled the room as many people introduced themselves to others (considered strangers) and were joined as a community of Christians who continue to be inspired by the message of St. Katharine. St. Katharine Drexel promoted peace, justice, acceptance, and love for all. She set a great example through her work with the disadvantaged, and those who were neglected by society. Many who attended were reminded of her humility and tireless work to right the social injustices of her time.

To view our facebook album with more images from this day please, click here.



Friday, March 3, 2017
there will be a noon mass held on St. Katharine’s Feastday.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 will be the Public Feastday Celebration of St. Katharine Drexel along with the National Justice Award Ceremony. Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. Both masses will be held at St. Elizabeth Chapel at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel.

All are invited. Seating is limited.

St. Katharine’s Feastday ~ March 3rd

Plan to join us a one of the Feastday mass celebrations at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel, or if you can’t make it to one of those masses, plan a visit to the Shrine. If you have a group, please contact Tina Gerlach at (215) 244-9900, ext. 380 for more information and to schedule your visit. Shrine is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of 2017.

Foundation Day Mass at St. Elizabeth’s

February 12, 2017, a 9:30 a.m. mass was held at St. Elizabeth Chapel celebrating the day in which St. Katharine began her religious order — becoming the very first of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, which she founded 126 years ago in the late 19th century.

A small reception was held following mass in the Mission Center building. Boy Scouts from St. Andrew’s Parish in Newtown, PA, were visiting the Shrine and learning more about St. Katharine’s life and ministry. The upstairs presentation was opened up to other visitors who might also like to watch and learn.

Thank you to all who attended and gave honor to St. Katharine Drexel.

View some of the images from these events below, or visit our Facebook album to see more of the photos.

To see more of the images taken at the event and tag photos of you and friends, visit our facebook album by clicking this link.

Sr. Maureen Patricia Ryan Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

SrMaurPatrRyan100thBday6x4On January 12, 2017 the SBS (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament) will celebrate the 100th Birthday of one of their own, Sr. Maureen Patricia Ryan, with a dinner in her honor at noon in St. Michael’s Addition Parlor.

Sister Maureen Patricia will enjoy cake with her fellow sisters at the motherhouse and may even be joined by a relative or two from Ireland, where she was born in 1917 to Thomas and Margaret Ryan. Her family has been awaiting this special occasion which will be acknowledged with a special proclamation from Ireland. The room will be a buzz with well wishers, some media and special presentations from local Bensalem representatives .

To view some images of Sr. Maureen Patricia Ryan, SBS, from our facebook album, click here. Contact Cheri Wenger in Communications if you have any that you would like to add to the album. We welcome your stories as well.

To view images from the event please click this link.

2016 Employee Christmas Luncheon

Held on Dec. 21, 2016, employees joined the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in a festive Christmas celebration and luncheon. There were after lunch Christmas Carols lead by Sr. Carole Eden and employees with Sr. Joan Burnes accompanying them on the organ. Names were drawn for surprise Christmas gifts and Santa even took time out of his busy schedule to pop by and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

To see all of the images taken at the event and tag photos of you and friends, visit our facebook album by clicking this link.

St. Katharine Drexel Annual
Birthday Tea

On Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, a festive group attended the SKD Birthday Tea, an annual celebration in honor of St. Katharine Drexel’s birthday on Nov. 26. Tickets were required at the event and there were raffles for prizes as well as the opportunity to be a prayer angel to pray for one of the fellow attendees. There were delicious scones, tea and lots of friendly chatter. Sr. Joanne Bauer spoke about St. Katharine Drexel’s life, the charism of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, which she founded, and her mission to serve the least privileged around her.

You can preview a photo album of the event on our SBS facebook page by clicking here.

A Gala Night
at a New Site

On October 29, 2016, there was a charitable spirit of unity and joy that filled the Pen Ryn Estate at the annual Gala fundraising event. You can read more about the history of this site here, and it’s ties to St. Katharine Drexel. This was the first time the event was held off the motherhouse grounds, and the new venue added to the ambience of the evening. 

The fun-filled night included a cocktail hour in the reception hall followed by a lovely formal dinner in a separate dining room. Guest dined on wonderful food and enjoyed engaging conversations, the wonderful music of The Craig Satchell Experience and lots of fun on the dance floor. Jack Wall, brother of Amy Wall, recipient of one of the miracles performed by St. Katharine Drexel, helped present the awards to raffle prize winners.

The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament would like to thank all who either attended and/or supported this year’s GALA event. If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend, however would like to make a donation, you can click this link.

Feel free to tag yourself and friends/family in the photos on our facebook page. You can view that album by clicking here.

To order photos and view in larger slideshow form, click here or type in our share site url into your browser:

You can also add your own photos to this share site for others to enjoy!

Local ASBS Retreat Mass

The Local Chapter of the Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (ASBS) gathered for retreat time on Saturday, November 13, 2016, part of which included a mass held at St. Elizabeth Chapel at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel.


Click this link to view more images from the local chapter ASBS retreat mass.

Sweet Treats and Crafty Talents Filled the Room at the Annual Craft Sale

Much activity filled the Bensalem campus on Saturday, November 13, 2016. While the Associates were on retreat, crafters and craft enthusiasts gathered in the auditorium of St. Catherine’s to take part in the annual Craft Sale. Visitors were able to shop early for family and friends on their Christmas list with a great selection of crafts and items for purchase to fill stockings and set presents under this year’s Christmas tree.

View some of the images below or click to view and tag photos on our Facebook site.


Holy Hour for Year of Mercy Held in St. Elizabeth Chapel


On Nov. 2, 2016 people came to St. Elizabeth Chapel at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Bensalem, PA to celebrate mass and pray the Chaplet of the Rosary as part of the Holy Hour celebration leading up to the the end of this Holy Year of Mercy designated by Pope Francis. Attendees brought dry goods to benefit a local food pantry and enjoyed some warm soup along with nice fellowship afterwards at the Mission Center.

Closing of the
Holy Doors

A Sunday mass held on November 14, 2016 celebrated the closing of the “Holy Doors” at St. Elizabeth Chapel, one of the special sites designated by Pope Francis during the Holy Year of Mercy that were experienced by many who visited the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Bensalem, PA. To view the complete Facebook album, click here.


You can see some additional images from this event in the slideshow on the right, or you can click this link to view our facebook page album from this event.


The SBS (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament) join all Catholics in celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 6 – 12, 2016.

Chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh North Carolina, states, “A culture of vocations is one that provides the necessary support for others to hear and respond to God’s call in their lives.” He further explains, “ With God’s grace, we help build that culture through fervent prayer, the witness of our lives and the encouragement we extend to those discerning a vocation to priesthood or consecrated life.”

However, not all vocations are to religious life. Some individuals may discern that single or married life may be the direction in which God is calling them. This week, take the time to reflect on how you can encourage someone in deciding which vocation is right for them.

Did you know that when a person is encouraged by three or more people in their life that they are more likely to take serious steps towards answering that call?

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament, they can visit this page for more information or surf through the headings under the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament tab on our home page.

A Few Tricks, A Table Full of Treats, and A Room Filled with Halloween Foolery & Fun



Halloween is the type of holiday that brings out the little kid in most of us, and it is no different for the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament who were ready to experience the fun festivities that a Halloween Costume Party provides.

Surrounded by clever costumes, lighthearted conversation and plenty of goodies to snack on, the mid-day celebration began. While some sisters kept their costumes very simple, wearing a small mask, hat or headband, others cranked up their creative juices to put together clever costumes to entertain one another with humor and laughter.


Left: Sr. Laura Cavanaigh sported her old troop leader vest to dress up as a Girl Scout Witch, and completed the costume with a campfire marshmallow wand. The fun-spirited Activities Coordinator, Lisa Abbe, looked just as cute as can be as Raggedy Ann.



Right: Sr. Carole Eden put a wee bit of an Irish spin
on her Viking Warrior costume. Don’t you just love
her pigtail braids?

Did you know?

Occurring on Oct. 31st, the day before All Saints Day (also known as All Hallows’ Eve), the latter name was eventually shortened over time to what we now refer to in modern days as Halloween.

To view even more photos from the event, view our SBS facebook album.

img_0238_abenedicta_smWho knew witches could be so cute?

Above: Sr. Anne Benedicta Hockeborn looked totally adorable in her green witches hat & pin.

Sr. Anne Kelly showed her wonderful hospitality, pushing around the drink cart to share ice tea with the party attendees. Many of the sisters and nurses pitched in to help make the party fun and a big success!


And this unique skeleton decoration made the Halloween party a real Thriller!!!


Above: Staff security guard, Craig Adelman, indulges my photo request of him with the “Thriller” skeleton.

Sr. Vickie Bid A Fond Farewell at Reception

On Monday, September 26, 2016 The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament were joined by a large number of staff to wish a fond farewell to a beloved Administrative Assistant, Sr. Victoria Fanino of the Sisters of Saint Joseph who has blessed St. Michael’s with her talents, compassion, creativity and dedication to the sister’s care over the past 12 years..

Now that her congregation has asked her to take on a new ministry, Sr. Vickie, as she is fondly referred to, sadly is called to leave her position on campus. Srs. Joanne Bauer and Pat Suchalski will be taking over for her.

Guests at the reception enjoyed cake and refreshment along with some musical tributes. A lovely Native American “Pendleton” blanket was presented to Sr.Vickie to remind her of the wonderful years spent at the motherhouse with the SBS. She also received a beautiful keepsake album created by Sr. Catherine Bardsley containing photo memories as well as handwritten notes by the sisters. Thanks to all who contributed to the lovely send off.

Sr. Vickie’s service to the SBS reminds many of an excerpt from St. Katharine’s Meditation Slips, vol.11, p. 87, June 1941, broadly referencing friendship —  “The extent of one’s

love for another is measured, not so much by words of affection spoken, as by acts of kindness which a loving heart prompts.” — something that Sr. Vickie embraced wholeheartedly in her years of ministry with the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone wishes her a fond farewell and many blessings in her new ministry.

To view and tag some of the images on Facebook, click here.

To see all of the images taken at the event or to add your own, visit the Shutterfly share site we created where you can also order prints.

Contemplative Circle of Prayer Event

Sept. 8, 2016


Joined in

unity and


to pray






The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament hosted an evening of reflection and prayer in support of uprooting the many social injustices that exist today and to also pray as a local community for world peace. To view all of the images from this event click here.








Celebrating the Jubilarians who have given 50, 60 & 70 years of service by their commitment to the SBS.

In a dual Jubilee Ceremony, the 60th & 70th Jubilarians renewed their commitment in a Morning Prayer and Mass at St. Michael Chapel on July 3, 2016.

Right: The 60th and 70th Jubilarians receive the Eucharist during a mass in their honor to celebrate their special anniversary Jubilees.

Sr. Dorothy Dowd and Sr. June Fisher proudly attended their 60th year of service, while Sr. Naomi Menza and Sr. Rita Radloff, who are both serving ministries elsewhere, were not in attendance.

Below, left to right: Sr. Dorothy Dowd and Sr. June Fisher pose by portrait of their foundress, St. Katharine Drexel, following Jubilee Mass.









Sr. Roselle Brodfuehrer, Sr. Anne Regina Corcoran and Sr. Margaret Sullivan (shown below, left to right) marked their 70th year of service to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and rededicated themselves to walking in the footsteps of St. Katharine Drexel.



At a SeparateService Held Following the Celebration of Gratitude, 50 Year Jubilarians Marked Their Special Anniversary

use 16th anniversaryWhile in visiting during the Celebration of Gratitude, Sr. Christine Smith and Sr. Judith Franz celebrated in a separate service on July 17, 2016 with fellow Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. SBS Leadership Councilor, Sr. Jean Olmstead (shown right) with the 50th Jubilarians, congratulates them on their dedication and commitment. A special thanks to all these wonderful sisters!

 St. Katharine Drexel Worked Another Miracle
to Halt the Endless Days of Rain for the 3rd Annual
Golf Outing

FBsm-IMG_5645After eleven days of straight rain it seemed like a true miracle was performed by the lady for whom this awesome fundraising event is named. Just a bit of mistiness as the golfers manned their carts, then the skies remained dry for the St. Katharine Drexel 3rd Annual Golf Outing — a fundraising event including 18 holes of golf, a luncheon, raffle drawings and plaques that were presented to the winners of the Closest to the Pin, the Longest Drive and overall Championship Team. Hosted again at the beautiful Bensalem Township Country Club, 83 golfers participated and numerous hole sponsors showed their support for this event whose proceeds benefit the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Above, is the three time reigning champs who narrowly held onto their title this year when they tied with a 7 under score that was decided by the tiebreaker rule of comparing scores for the toughest hole deemed by course pro. These guys edged out some family competition…but to all the great competitors, there is always next year to try to dethrone these champions!!!

To view images from the Golf Portion of this event on our Facebook album page. Feel free to tag yourself in the photos and to leave us comments. To view images from the Luncheon, please click here.

Many thanks to our host course, our volunteers and golfers, Dave Greer for organizing the event, and the many supporters who donated and sponsored the event! Thanks for making it a big success. The final total raised by this event is $7,110.98, our most successful outing to date!

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament announce
decision to sell Motherhouse, Virginia properties

(Bensalem, Penn.—May 3, 2016) “On behalf of all the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, I am announcing today our Congregation’s decision to divest itself of two of our largest properties,” said Sister Donna Breslin, SBS, president of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. “We know the time is right to make this decision.”

The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament are selling the historic, gracious 44-acre property in Bensalem, Penn., which Mother Katharine Drexel purchased to build the Motherhouse for the religious order she founded in 1891. The Congregation also is selling more than 2,200 acres in Powhatan, Va., near Richmond, the former site of two schools for black students: St. Francis de Sales for girls and St. Emma Military Academy for boys. Colonel Edward Morrell, Mother Katharine’s brother-in-law, acquired this land in the early 1890s. Later, the land was transferred to the Congregation.


The National Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel on the Motherhouse campus remains open and continues to welcome visitors through 2017. Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. has confirmed the remains of Saint Katharine Drexel will be moved, when the time is right, to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, and placed near the altar already honoring her. She is the second American-born person ever to be canonized.

In addition, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament are entrusting many of their archives to the care of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, especially because Mother Katharine Drexel and her family played such a central role in supporting the Catholic Church in Philadelphia.

The Congregation has retained Plante Moran REIA as its exclusive real estate asset investment advisor to manage the disposition of both properties using a request-for-proposal (RFP) process.

Click here to read/download the entire press release.

Press Images:
High resolution JPGs of the Motherhouse campus, of Sister Donna Breslin, SBS accompany this release and can be found at this link.

Click here to view the statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on their website.