Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saints for Today: Frances Xavier Cabrini, Religious (1850-1917)

Must Read

Public News Release: Rev. Eugene Bowski to be Named on Credibly Accused List

Rev. Bowski has been credibly accused of abuse of a minor in West Virginia in 1982.

Year of Faith Holy Land Pilgrimage: The Holy Sepulchre and Jerusalem

A personal account of the Year of Faith pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Announcement Regarding Fr. Andrew Riley

Announcement from Bishop James S. Wall July 15, 2016 Fr. Andrew Riley has returned to his religious institute, the Pontifical Institute...
Dr. Jean Lee
Jean M. Lee, M.A., D.Min., is a licensed behavioral health and substance abuse counselor, founding a nonprofit, state-licensed behavior health counseling agency and Christian gift/book store. Volunteer work includes: Jail ministry, Legion of Mary membership, door-to-door evangelization, and writing a weekly newspaper column titled “Faith and Inspiration: Encyclopedia of Saints for Today.” A Catholic revert after 32 years away from the Church, she is devout in the Catholic faith, loves the saints, and lives a deeper spiritual/religious and more joyful life since returning to the Church.

Feast Day: November 13

Francis Cabrini was born in 1850 in Lombardy, Italy. Longing to become a nun near her own birthplace, but turned down twice because she was not considered sufficiently healthy, God used her instead as an extraordinary missionary sister.

Frances’s first step was to start her own novitiate in Italy for women serving in corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Part of her strategy was to take as novices women who, like herself, had been rejected by other Religious Orders. She attracted women like a magnet, and her community grew rapidly. She was affectionate but firm, practical but motivated by an eternal purpose.

Pope Leo XIII was so impressed by her zeal and her organizational skills that he decided she might be the solution for a growing problem. Italians were immigrating in droves to the United States. Once arrived, not speaking any English, they were not able to understand the German or Irish priests in their parishes, and their children were starved for religious education. The Pope decided to send Frances with seven of her nuns to a parish in New York City to minister to this need.

Although terrified by the ocean, Frances agreed. Imagine her surprise when she arrived in New York City only to learn that the priest who had asked for them had no means for their support. He wanted them to return on the next ship! Undaunted, as ever, Frances simply went begging in the streets in the Italian quarter until she could open a house for her Sisters, called the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. The number of apostolic projects she undertook in the United States and around the world mounted up to sixty-seven by the time of her death.

Frances Cabrini’s heart finally gave out in Chicago – she collapsed while wrapping Christmas presents at an orphanage. She died the following day and is buried in New York.

Mother Cabrini was the first United States citizen canonized. She is the Universal Patron Saint of Immigrants. Members of her Religious Order are also known as the Cabrini Sisters and continue to work on six continents.

“I have the strength for everything through Him who strengthens me.”—Philippians 4:13 (motto of Frances Cabrini)

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Chervin, Ronda. “Treasury of Women Saints.” Cincinnati: Servant, an imprint of Franciscan Media, 2015.
Gallick, Sarah. “The Big Book of Women Saints.” New York, NY: HarperOne, 2007.
Ghezzi, Bert. “Voices of the Saints.” Chicago: Loyola Press, 2000.

Comments

comments

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

video

INTO THE MYSTERY: Sacred Time

An in-depth examination of the theological concept of time.

Advertisement

Other recent stories:

Remembering Sister Patricia Bietsch

As an educator, Sr. Pat was passionate about ensuring every student being given the opportunity to learn. She pioneered religion classes for the handicapped students at St. Mary Mission in New Mexico.

Forging Friendships with America’s Forgotten and Overlooked Communities

For the elderly, single parents, or rural isolated, surviving and creating human connections can be an everyday struggle. So for the last 20 years, the volunteers of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Tuba City AZ have been working to build a network of support throughout their community.

Everyday Heroes: Father, daughter make cross-country pilgrimage for life 

"For John Moore, each step is a prayer. And when you're walking the 2,800 miles from San Francisco to Washington, that's a lot of prayer."
audio

An Insider Breakdown of the Fall 2019 U.S. Bishops’ Meeting

Bishop Wall takes a look at all the important things happening at the annual November meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

Advertisement

More Articles Like This

Comments

comments