100 years Since St. Frances Cabrini’s Death

Francesca_CabriniSt. Frances Xavier Cabrini

“Prayer is powerful! It fills the earth with mercy, it makes the divine clemency pass from generation to generation; right along the course of the centuries wonderful works have been achieved through prayer.”

Feast Day: November 13
International Patron of Immigrants
First U.S. Citizen Saint
Foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart

Mother Cabrini set up 67 orphanages, hospitals, convents, and schools for marginalized immigrants across the U.S., in Europe and Latin America.

Pope Francis Angelus Message January 15, 2017
“I thank… those who work with migrants to welcome and support them in their difficulties, and I encourage you to carry on in this work, always recalling the example of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Patron Saint of migrants, the centenary of whose death is this year. This courageous Sister dedicated her life to bringing the love of Christ to those who were far from their homelands and families. May her witness help us to take care of our foreign brothers and sisters, in whom Jesus is present, often suffering, rejected and humiliated. How often in the Bible the Lord asks us to welcome migrants and foreigners, reminding us that we too are foreigners!”

“Celebrating St. Frances Cabrini’s Chicago Roots” by Joyce Duriga (Chicago Catholic)
“In the July 12, 1946, issue, the New World reported that on the day of her canonization WGN Radio aired pre-recorded remarks from Cardinal Stritch during which he said of the new saint: ‘She loved us. She was our benefactress. She rode our street cars. She went begging in our streets. Through alleys she went in search of little hungry children who were homeless and friendless. The very day she died she had been wrapping candy for Christmas gifts for poor children.’ Cardinal Stritch ended his address with, ‘Today we pray to her and beg her to be the special patron of our city. She loved Chicago. She served Chicago’s best interests. She is a benefactress of Chicago. Mother Cabrini, pray for us.'”

“Mother Frances Cabrini: An Immigrant Who Shows Us The Way” by Bill Dodds (OSV Newsweekly)
“America’s first saint was an immigrant — who didn’t want to go to the United States.  This Dec. 22 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), the Italian-born nun who longed to be a missionary to China. Instead, she crossed the Atlantic to minister to Italian immigrants in America.  No doubt she arrived with the same determination that gave her the courage — the faith — to found her own congregation in 1880: the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This after being turned away by two other congregations because of her frail health…”

Learn more about Mother Cabrini and her connections to Chicago at the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.  See the reconstructed rooms where Mother Cabrini lived and died.  The National Shrine is located at 2520 N. Lakeview Ave. in Chicago.


Centenary Prayer by Fr. Richard Fragomeni

O Gracious God,
Our hearts overflow with gratitude, as we celebrate the centenary of the death of our Cara Madre, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.

We marvel at the gifts of your grace that flourished in her. Her determined energy, her incessant works of love, her tireless missionary endeavors and her devotion to spreading the Gospel were all inspired by your Holy Spirit.

We thank you for this example and for her presence among us still, in the great Communion of Saints.

So now, give ear, O God, to us and hear our prayers. Through the intercession of this great saint, the mystical spouse of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, your Son, grant us the graces we plead for so earnestly… (Pause)

By the same Holy Spirit, inspire us to carry with her the struggles of immigrants and refugees. Give us her enthusiasm for the well-being of children and of the sick.  Help us to believe that in the heart of Christ, we can find strength to do anything, as she did.

And when our death comes, O Source of Life, may we be ready to breathe our last breath, with Mother Cabrini at our side, gratefully entering the fullness of life, in praise of your glory forever.


Mother Frances Cabrini, PRAY FOR US!




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