The Parish of St. Katharine Drexel in the Lovejoy community is a Parish of the Diocese of Buffalo developing an "urban" ministry led by the Pastor and his partners in ministry!
Meet The Pastor & Partners in Ministry
Rev. James Monaco
Director of Music
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Peggy Keyes & Mary Riley
Assistance from the Rectory
St. Katharine Drexel Parish formed in October 2007 with the joining of St. Agnes, St. Francis of Assisi, and Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parishes which had been located in the Lovejoy area of Buffalo. The parish is founded on the site of the former St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Rev. James M. Monaco is the current and first pastor of this parish family.
St. Katharine Drexel, a "modern age” Saint, was an heiress from Philadelphia who founded the Order of the Sisters of the Blesses Sacrament in 1891. Decades before the days of the Civil Rights Movement, Mother Katharine used her inherited fortune to minister to the plight of disadvantaged Black and Native American people by establishing a system of schools from elementary to university levels; Xavier University being one. Embracing poverty was another hallmark of Katharine's spirituality. She was a Third Order Franciscan, and much like St. Francis of Assisi, she left behind a life of wealth and privilege for the joy of serving "Lady Poverty."
In the 1920’s the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament came under attack from those who abhorred the thought of blacks & whites living and working together. A group in fact threatened to dynamite a church if services for blacks did not stop.
The windows of our Parish Church tell not only the Life of St. Francis, but we see in them St. Katharine’s “saint.” Walking in the footprints of Jesus Christ after the example of St. Francis she herself becomes a fruitful model to us of God’s benevolent intentions for all creation!
She was canonized a saint at 10:00 am on October 1, 2000 in St. Peter's Square in Rome.
All are welcome to the parish community of St. Katharine Drexel in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.