Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Catholic missionary nun and saint, born in Lombardy, Italy. A devout child who took a vow of chastity at the age of 12, she was trained as a teacher and became director of an orphanage. In 1880 she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, hoping to spread the faith in China. Instead she was sent by the Pope to America (1889) where, despite lack of finance, she founded schools and charitable institutions to serve poor immigrants in New York and other cities. She also dispatched missionaries to other countries. Naturalized in 1909, she became the first American citizen to be canonized (1946). ~ biography.com
In her lifetime, Mother Cabrini established 67 missions--schools, hospitals, orphanages, and convents--from Denver to Chicago, Los Angeles to Philadelphia in the U.S., and at sites in 13 countries around the world.
After establishing her first institution--St. Cabrini Home--in 1890, she embarked upon a tireless crisscrossing of the world, establishing a network of educational, health care, and social service institutions for needy immigrants, institutions that today provide services for those of all faiths and backgrounds. ~ St. Cabrini Home Inc(originally, Sacred Heart Orphan Asylum).
Today is her feast day. Visit The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to learn more about the foundress' life.
And for children ages 7-12, a book about Mother Cabrini:
The orphans find a home: A St. Frances Xavier Cabrini story (The glory of America, Catholic girls of the U.S.A) (Paperback)