SAINT FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI

1850-1917

     Frances Xavier Cabrini  was born on July 15, 1850, in Sant Angelo Lodigiano, Italy.  She was the youngest of thirteen children of her father, Augustine Cabrini and her mother Stella Cabrini.  Early on she tried to become a nun but was turned down twice by local orders.  Her parish pastor in 1874, asked her to take charge of the orphanage called the House of Providence at Codogno.  She was opposed by the original foundress of the orphanage which caused the orphanage to close.  The local bishop asked her to start up a new orphanage and she along with seven other women started up a new orphanage at Codogno and they called themselves the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and their primary job was to minister to young girls.   Francis became a sister through the bishop of Lodi.  Her order spread to other cities in Italy and brought about profound changes in their local communities.  Pope Leo XIII told her to send her missionaries to the United States.  In 1889 Mother Cabrini went with  her sisters to New York and began along with her sisters to found schools, orphanages and  hospitals.  During her life she founded  numerous religious houses, schools, orphanages and hospitals in Europe, England, and in North and South America.  She died at in one of the hospitals she founded in Chicago  in 1917.  Pope Pius XIII canonized Mother Cabrini in 1946.  She is the patron of immigrants.  She was the first American citizen to become a saint.

INTERCESSSORY PRAYER:  Ask Saint Francis to obtain for us the same love that she had for the poor.

SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER CABRINI, PRAY FOR US!

 

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