Philadelphia, which will host Pope Francis next week for the World Meeting of Families, is a city of saints. Saints John Neumann, Katharine Drexel, and Frances Xavier Cabrini each helped shape the Church there in fascinating and inspiring ways. And their influence ultimately was felt way beyond the City of Brotherly Love.
In my brand new article, published in the current issue of Our Sunday Visitor, you can read about how Bishop Neumann became one of the primary founders of the Catholic school system in the United States, Mother Drexel and her sisters faced down the KKK and violent segregationists, and Mother Cabrini educated immigrants and protected them from exploitation.
The article is available here online.