Mission and History
Saint Katharine Drexel Parish pledges to be a Eucharist-centered, welcoming community, forming loving disciples, giving selflessly, in realization of the Kingdom of God.
Saint Katharine Drexel Church began in 2000 as a dependent mission of Saint John the Evangelist, located in downtown Frederick. Meeting in the Kussmaul Theater at Frederick Community College, our parish achieved independent mission status in July 2003. In the fall of 2005, we started holding Masses and other functions, and moved into offices, at the new Saint John Regional Catholic School, just up the road on Opossumtown Pike. Saint Katharine Drexel Church achieved full parish recognition from the Archdiocese of Baltimore in the spring of 2008, and that fall embarked on its first Capital Campaign to construct a worship space on the property at 8428 Opossumtown Pike. Over the decade plus since its beginning, Saint Katharine Drexel Church has grown from a few hundred church attendees in a theater to a vibrant and growing parish with more than 800 registered families poised to break ground on a 15,000 square foot permanent church. We are serving the many and varied pastoral needs of this faith community while also reaching out in service to the greater Frederick community and beyond all in support of our mission to be a Eucharist-centered, welcoming community, forming loving disciples, giving selflessly in realization of the Kingdom of God.