The Saint Katharine Drexel Fund provides assistance to parishes in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to carry out their mission of Catholic education. By empowering local parish communities to direct educational funds where they are most needed, the Drexel Fund seeks to ensure the system of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese is financially stable for future generations.
The first group of fund recipients will be announced soon!
Saint Katharine Drexel imbued the love of God and neighbor. She took an avid interest in the material and spiritual well-being of black and Native Americans, founding schools throughout the American South and West. Because of her lifelong dedication to her faith and her selfless service to the oppressed, Pope Saint John Paul II canonized her on October 1, 2000 to become only the second recognized American-born saint.
A committee made up of Archdiocese of Oklahoma City School Advisory Council members and clergy will oversee the fund. Initial criteria for parishes to be eligible to receive grants includes a threshold of 20% of students in the parish school eligible for free or reduced lunch. Criteria for distribution eligibility will be reviewed periodically by the Drexel Fund Committee and may be adjusted in the future as additional funds are available.
Examples of how Drexel Fund gifts may be used:
· Provide financial need-based scholarships
· Pay teachers’ salaries
· Improve technology
· Provide learning aids and materials in classrooms
· Cover and provide for general overhead and expenses
· Fund English as a Second Language programs