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Review Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. -- Archbishop of Philadelphia This is an extraordinary flesh-and-blood portrait of sainthood. Cheryl Hughes captures the drama of real holiness that set Katharine Drexel apart and appealed so powerfully to Pope John Paul II in canonizing her. . . . As Pope Francis calls each of us today to a new spirit of simplicity, austerity, and missionary zeal, this book makes perfect reading for the hungry soul.Russell Hittinger -- University of Tulsa Katharine Drexel stands as perhaps the greatest American example of the fruitfulness of evangelical poverty. This excellent biography of the second American-born saint seems perfectly in key with the evangelical themes sounded by Pope Francis.Paul A. Rahe -- Hillsdale College This book is a wonder - deeply researched, closely reasoned, and gracefully written - which does justice to a neglected but vitally important subject.Edward J. Slattery -- Bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa Katharine Drexel is a modern-day saint. This well-written, well-documented work by Cheryl Hughes promises to reward the reader who searches for holiness in the twenty-first century.Denise Carmody -- Santa Clara University A delightful and insightful account of the life of Mother Katharine Drexel, Americas riches-to-rags saint. The prose is clear and accessible; the scholarship reveals the warmth and care that Hughes brings to this work. Not only a tale about the religious maturation of a Catholic heiress who founded an order, this book is also a lively probing of the mystery underlying Drexels motivations. Often through Drexels own words, Hughes lets us see the strength and fragility, the confidence and insecurity, the scrupulosity and utter reliance on God that mark Drexels spirituality.?St. Placid Priory Newsletter? A wonderful biography of Saint Katharine Drexel, only the second American-born canonized Saint, telling of her life and conversion, her spirituality, and the founding of her order, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. ? Read more About the Author Cheryl C. D. Hughes is professor of humanities and religious studies at Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, Oklahoma. On the side she does first-person presentations of St. Katharine Drexel for church groups and schools. Read more