Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

SBS Leadership Team: Sr. Stephanie Henry, President; Sr. Theresa Chato, Vice President; Sr. Judith Franz, Councilor; Sr. Faith Okerson, Councilor

In February 1891, St. Katharine Drexel, listening to desires God placed in her heart, professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and became the first Sister of the Blessed Sacrament. Today, we continue to vow ourselves to God through our congregation in a free and total gift of self.  We remain faithful to the mission Christ has entrusted to us – to prayer and service among the Black and Native American people.

The Eucharist is at the heart of our Charism and Mission. Through the gifts of community and service, we are called to address the hungers of the world and to share the bread of our lives in a spirit of generosity, joy and gratitude. Our desire to effect unity and community among all peoples impels us to oppose all forms of prejudice, racism and oppression.

Since the beginning of our Congregation until today, we trust in God’s faithfulness and goodness which continues to empower and energize us each day. Our spirituality is enriched and strengthened by partnering with diverse cultures of people who share their lives and love with us ~ a mutual blessing.

Charism Statement:

As Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, we believe God calls us to be a sign in the world of the power of the Eucharistic Christ to effect unity and community among all peoples.


Mission Statement:

Guided by the spirit of Katharine Drexel, we are called to share the Gospel message with the poor, especially among the Black and Native American peoples, and to challenge all forms of racism as well as the other deeply rooted injustices in the world today.

In honor of the 130th celebration of the Sisters’ Foundation Day, Pastor Julie at Paul’s Run created a video, linked below. It highlights the life of St. Katharine Drexel, the history of the SBS, and honors some of the Sisters.