Devotions and Prayers

Pilgrimages to the Tomb of Saint Katharine Drexel are encouraged.

Outside of the parish Mass schedule, it is possible to offer Mass at the Drexel Family altar adjacent to the Tomb of Saint Katharine Drexel. Please contact the Parish Office, 215-561-1313. You are welcome to present intentions and petitions to be placed at the Tomb of Saint Katharine, asking her heavenly assistance. You may place these intentions and petitions in the offering basket at Mass or send them to the Cathedral Parish Office, 1723 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, or click here to donate online.


Novena To Saint Katharine Drexel

The Novena to Saint Katharine Drexel begins on February 22 and concludes on March 2.

Feast Of Saint Katharine Drexel

The Feast of Saint Katharine Drexel is March 3. Make a special visit and pray for special intentions on her feast day.

Memorial Of The Translation Of The Relics Of Saint Katharine Drexel To The Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul

This Memorial is observed only at the Cathedral Basilica on August 2 with a votive Mass of Saint Katharine Drexel.

Thursday Novena Prayer To Saint Katharine Drexel

This prayer is prayed following Mass each Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica. Thursday is the day of the Holy Eucharist. Saint Katharine Drexel’s life and work was rooted in the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist, the Most Blessed Sacrament. So, it is fitting that the Perpetual Novena to Saint Katharine Drexel takes place each Thursday of the week. You are welcome to make use of the prayer at any time.

Thursday Novena Prayer To Saint Katharine Drexel

Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

November 2018

Let us pray.

All praise and thanks to the Most Blessed Trinity,
the Father and Son and Holy Spirit.
We honor you when we acclaim all those
who share your life in eternal glory,
our Mother Mary, all the angels and saints.

We come before you, Father, in your Holy Spirit,
as we follow the way of your Son, Jesus,
to ask the heavenly aid of Saint Katharine Drexel.
Her sacred relics in this Mother Church
remind us that she is numbered among the Saints in heaven.

Your divine grace led Saint Katharine Drexel
to give herself completely over to your service in the Church
in imitation of the poor Savior, attending to the least,
as a virgin foundress and a laborer for the justice of the Gospel.
Her strength, virtue and fortitude came from her unwavering devotion
to the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament.

Hear us now, we pray, as we bring to you our many prayers, petitions and intentions
through the intercession of Saint Katharine Drexel.

Pause for the silent mention of prayers, petitions and intentions.

O holy and Triune God,
our faith fills us with confidence as we bring our many needs to you,
trusting in the unfailing assistance of those in your everlasting company,
most especially our Philadelphia Saint.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn In Honor Of Saint Katharine Drexel

The Hymn in Honor of Saint Katharine Drexel, written for the occasion of the Solemn Installation of her Tomb, on November 18, 2018, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, can viewed by clicking the button below:

You are encouraged to make use of the Hymn on the Feast Day of Saint Katharine Drexel and other similar celebrations in her honor. Permission to use the hymn is obtained from International Liturgy Publications,

Further Reading

For complete information, we recommend Saint Katharine Drexel: Apostle to the Oppressed, by Lou Baldwin (2000).

While at the Cathedral, you may also want to visit the altar and mosaic of another Philadelphia saint, Saint John Neumann. The National Shrine of St. John Neumann is located at 1019 N. 5th Street in Philadelphia. For more information, visit or call (215) 627-3080