The tomb of St. Katharine Drexel, which was moved last year from Bucks County to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Center City, will be designated a shrine of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, church officials announced Wednesday.
The sarcophagus was relocated in August from the 44-acre Bensalem estate of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious community founded by St. Katharine in 1891. The nuns are selling the property, a former national shrine dedicated to her, because of a decline in membership.
The Rev. Dennis Gill, rector of the cathedral, will discuss the designation at a news conference Thursday.
St. Katharine, a Philadelphia heiress, gave up her family fortune to become a nun. She devoted her life to serving marginalized communities. In 2000, she was canonized.