WHO WAS MOTHER CABRINI?
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in Lombardi, Italy in 1850, one of 13 children. At eighteen, she desired to become a Nun, but poor health stood in her way. She helped her parents until their death, and then worked on a farm with her brothers and sisters. One day a priest asked her to teach in a girls’ school and she stayed for 6 years. At the request of her Bishop, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children in schools and hospitals. Then at the urging of Pope Leo XIII she came to the U.S. with six nuns in 1889 to work among the Italian immigrants.
Filled with a deep trust in God and endowed with a wonderful administrative ability, this remarkable woman soon founded schools, hospitals, and orphanages in this strange land and saw them flourish in the aid of Italian immigrants and children. She became a naturalized citizen in 1909. At the time of her death, at Chicago, Illinois on Dec. 22, 1917, her institute numbered houses in England, France, Spain, the United States, and South America. In 1946, she became the first American citizen to be canonized when she was elevated to sainthood by Pope Pius XII. St. Frances is the patroness of immigrants; her feast day is Nov. 13th.
On the third Sunday of the month, our Christian Service and Social Concerns committee takes up a collection at the doors of the parish. The proceeds from this donation are used to assist our own parishioners who struggle with utility payments, medical bills, food shortages, etc.