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Re: [VA] Rock Castle Catholic Schools

I'm not familiar with the Virginia schools, but I do know that Mother (Saint) Katharine Drexel of Philadelphia helped establish many Catholic Schools for minorities. Many other schools benefited from the Drexel funds (including the one in which I spent my formative years ). She is credited with establishing the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Negroes(PA). St. Francis de Sales School in Rock Castle, Virginia was built with funds from the Drexel estate. It's fate appears to have been cast with that of many other historically black elementary and secondary schools across the south when it was closed.

For further information, contact the SBS Mother house and Archives in Bensalem, PA., the Richmond Diocese, or (perhaps) Drexel University Archives.

Good luck.

Baldwin, Lou, "Giving It All, Mother Katherine Drexel's Habit of Charity," Philanthropy Magazine, March/April 1999. [online archives, retrieved on 18 Jun 2005].
"History of the Black Catholics of Virginia," Office for Black Catholics, Catholic Diocese of Richmond website, [retrieved on 18 Jun. 2005].

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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