Cabrini, Saint Frances Xavier

Cabrini, Saint Frances Xavier

born July 15, 1850, Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, Austria
died Dec. 22, 1917, Chicago, Ill., U.S.; canonized July 7, 1946; feast day December 22

Italian-born U.S. missionary, the first U.S. citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic church.

She was determined from childhood to become a missionary, and she took her vows in 1877. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1880, and in 1889 Pope Leo XIII sent her to the U.S. to work among Italian immigrants. She lived in New York City and Chicago but traveled in the Americas and Europe to found 67 houses of her order.

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▪ Roman Catholic saint
byname  Mother Cabrini , original name  Maria Francesca Cabrini 
born July 15, 1850, Sant' Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, Italy
died Dec. 22, 1917, Chicago, Ill., U.S.; canonized July 7, 1946; feast day December 22
 Italian-born founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and first United States citizen to be canonized.

      Maria Cabrini was determined from her childhood to make religious work her life's vocation. After teaching in Italy in Vidardo (1872–74), she was appointed supervisor of an orphanage in Codogno (1874). In 1877 she took her vows and soon after became known as Mother Cabrini. She founded (1880) the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. She planned to found a convent in China, but Pope Leo XIII (Leo XIII) directed her to “go west, not east,” and she sailed with a small group of sisters for the United States in 1889. Their work in the United States was to be concentrated among the neglected Italian immigrants. This journey was the first in a series that took her through the Americas and into Europe. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1909. Although plagued by ill health most of the time, Mother Cabrini established 67 houses—one for each year of her life—in such cities as Buenos Aires, Paris, Madrid, and Rio de Janeiro. She also founded several schools, hospitals, and orphanages.

Additional Reading
Pietro Di Donato, Immigrant Saint (1960, reissued 1990); and Mary Louise Sullivan, Mother Cabrini: “Italian Immigrant of the Century” (1992), discuss her life and work.

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Universalium. 2010.

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