Rosaries Honoring St. Katharine Drexel

23 Jul

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When collectors attempt to determine the age of a rosary, they turn first to the center medal as its shape, material, and topic yield many clues. When the center medal of a rosary honors a saint, the age can often be judged by the date on which the saint was  declared venerable, beatified, and canonized.  For an example, we will examine rosaries and medals honoring St. Katharine Drexel.

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Katharine Drexel, foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, was beatified in 1988 and canonized in 2000.
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The medals referring to Katharine Drexel as Blessed Katharine Drexel were made between 1988 and 2000.Medals3

Medals referring to Blessed Katharine Drexel were made during the brief time period of 1988-2000.

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Katharine Drexel was canonized ( declared a saint) in 2000.

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Rosaries with a center medal referring to Saint Katharine Drexel were made after 2000.

Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, were proud to display their collection at the National Center for Katharine Drexel in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

From left to right, the picture below includes Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, and Madeline Tymes, an Associate of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the order founded by St. Katharine Drexel.

 

 

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To learn more about identifying the age and makers of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  Published by Schiffer Publishing, this hardcover reference book has over 200 full color photographs of rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, The Catholic Faith Store, Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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4 Responses to “Rosaries Honoring St. Katharine Drexel”

  1. Giovanna Lottes July 23, 2016 at 1:48 AM #

    Do you have any honoring St. Therese of the Little Flower?

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    • rosarycollector July 23, 2016 at 10:47 AM #

      Yes, we have several rosaries in our collection honoring St. Therese, the Little Flower. The most popular found by collectors has red beads and a center medal with a picture of St. Therese and the words, “Saint Therese Pray for Us”. We will feature that rosary in an upcoming blog post.

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  2. Mary Hall July 23, 2016 at 8:33 PM #

    Very interesting. What a great way to identify when a rosary was made! Do they put dates on rosaries today.

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    • rosarycollector July 23, 2016 at 9:45 PM #

      Some modern rosaries are marked by a date. For example, the rosaries made to honor the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia are marked 2015. Others don’t have a date but they have a special occasion such as the Year of Mercy.

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