When Barbara Green asks students at Xavier University what they do to offset the typical college stresses of writing papers and preparing for exams, she occasionally will receive a surprising answer: Some of them like to take out their Crayons and color.
Green said this universally beloved pastime can be enjoyed – while instructing both young and old about the life of St. Katharine Drexel – through a coloring book called “Sharing God’s Love.” The coloring book, created by Sister of the Blessed Sacrament Catherine Bardsley, is just one of the items in Green’s arsenal of books on the Philadelphia-born saint, who founded 63 schools for the purpose of teaching African-Americans and Native Americans, including Xavier University.
“We hope to introduce young children, their relatives and the other people in their lives to how St. Katharine Drexel shared her love of God with everyone she knew,” said Green, a former Xavier assistant professor of biology who currently works as a professional tutor.
Green also gets a thrill out of sharing information on her special vocation as one of about 525 “associates” of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament – the order founded by St. Katharine. An associate is a layperson, either single or married, who works closely with a religious community to carry out its “charism,” or special gift to the world. The charism of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament is answering God’s call “to be a sign in the world of the power of the eucharistic Christ, to effect unity and community among all people,” Green said.
For Green’s help in incorporating the coloring book into a religious ed curriculum, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.