Patron Saints

The ministry is headquartered just outside of Philadelphia, PA – home of two beloved American Saints – St. John Neumann and St. Katharine Drexel to whom we entrust the care of this site. Both saints were known for their love and devotion to the Eucharist.

St. John Neumann, though small in stature, was great in his accomplishments. Among the most notable was the initiation of 40 hours devotion in the United States. While many priests cautioned him against starting the devotion in fear that it would inflame anti-Catholic sentiment, St. John Neumann prayed for an answer. After falling asleep at his desk one evening, and experiencing a near-fire from a candle that burned down and onto the papers on his desk, John awoke to see that the fire had not burned the words on the papers. While kneeling in thanksgiving for God’s protection, John heard God’s voice deliver the answer to his prayers about the 40 hrs. devotions. The voice said: “As the flames are burning here without consuming or injuring the writing, so shall I pour out my grace in the Blessed Sacrament without prejudice to My honor. Fear no profanation, therefore; hesitate no longer to carry out your design for my glory.” It is in this sentiment that we open the channels of grace for online perpetual adoration, and hope to usher in a new era of increased love and devotion for the Eucharist.

St. Katharine Drexel’s devotion to the Blessed Sacrament was demonstrated early on. She wanted to make her First Holy Communion before the customary age of 12, and fulfilled her wish at the age of 11. The Religious community she founded, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, also points to the importance of the Eucharist in her life. Following is a prayer of St. Katharine Drexel’s that speaks much to her Eucharistic devotion:

“O memorial of the wonders of God’s love! Take our cold hearts prisoner, draw them to Yourself, for a heart is not worthy to beat that does not beat for you alone!”

In fact, St. Katharine Drexel donated her personal monstrance to the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters for its continued use in adoration after her death. In fact, her monstrance can often be seen as the central monstrance on the site.