Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Thirty Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, November 13,2017

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Thirty Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, November 13,2017

Frances was born of a pious family in Lombardy, Italy, in 1850 A.D. She took private religious vow at age twenty-seven, adding “Xavier” to her name in honor of the great Jesuit missionary to the East. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1880 A.D. with the aim of evangelizing in China, yet Pope Leo XII advised her to go “not to the east, but to the west.” Responding to Bishop (now Blessed) Scalabrini’s plea for aid to Italian immigrants, Frances and her sisters went to New York in 1889 A.D. They immediately gathered orphan children into a home. When asked to open a hospital, Frances pleaded her ignorance of health care. The Blessed Mother appeared to her in a dream, tending the sick. “I am doing the work you refuse to do,” she told Frances. Columbus Hospital was Frances’ next effort. In twenty-eight years she founded sixty-seven schools, orphanages, convents, and hospitals in the United States and beyond. Frances died in 1917 A.D.


Opening Prayer

“Lord, help me in my weakness and increase my trust in you and in your power to resist temptation. Give me the grace and strength to choose what is right and to set a good example for others, especially to those who are young in the faith.” Amen.

Reading 1
Wis 1:1-7
Love justice, you who judge the earth;
think of the Lord in goodness,
and seek him in integrity of heart;
Because he is found by those who test him not,
and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him.
For perverse counsels separate a man from God,
and his power, put to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy;
Because into a soul that plots evil, wisdom enters not,
nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin.
For the holy Spirit of discipline flees deceit
and withdraws from senseless counsels;
and when injustice occurs it is rebuked.
For wisdom is a kindly spirit,
yet she acquits not the blasphemer of his guilty lips;
Because God is the witness of his inmost self
and the sure observer of his heart
and the listener to his tongue.
For the Spirit of the Lord fills the world,
is all-embracing, and knows what man says.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 139:1B-3, 4-10

R. (24b) Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence where can I flee?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

Lk 17:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur.
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!
If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’
you should forgive him.”

And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection 1 – Beware of scandal

Things happen, both, good or bad. It is easy to live with them if what have transpired in our midst conform to the ways of the Lord and give glory to His Name. But what if they are not of the Lord and only reveal the brokenness and sinfulness of another.

In all these, our Lord tells us: “Be on your guard. If your brother does wrong, correct him; if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times a day, and seven times a day turns back to you saying, ‘I am sorry,’ forgive him.”  Jesus tells us that it is our duty to correct our brother for his transgression or wrongful act as it is our obligation to forgive without bounds.

To further strengthen His exhortation, we need to increase our faith and  be “blameless, not arrogant, not irritable, not a drunkard, not aggressive, not greedy for sordid gain, but hospitable, a lover of goodness, temperate, just, holy, and self-controlled, holding fast to the true message as taught so that he will be able both to exhort with sound doctrine and to refute opponents.”

What comes to heart is the need to have the attitude and disposition of Christ. Forgive, loving, merciful and compassionate yet firm in one’s desire to correct and bring back a brother towards a realization of his act so that he may repent and seek God and his forgiveness, so that he may change and once more be one with the Lord.

When one encounters a brother’s sinful act or scandal, the most common reaction is not only discouragement but one of downright cynicism to the point of possibly passing judgment and even condemning a neighbor. When this transpires in our heart, we allow evil to prevail and we are not able to bring Christ into the situation.

A sin and scandal are not of the Lord and certainly bad but there should be a way for us to derive some goodness from all their ugliness? In love, we can speak the truth to our neighbor. In mercy, we can lead him to the truth of what he has done. In forgiveness, we can bring him back into our Lord’s fold, stronger, more humble with God’s grace in his heart and soul.


Amidst every sin or scandal, think of the Lord in goodness and seek him in integrity of heart. Do not pass judgment but be loving, merciful and compassionate but most of all, forgiving.


Heavenly Father, even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know the whole of it.  Bless my spirit and always correct me so that I may not be source of sin to your people. In Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Reflection 2 – Increase our faith

What’s the driving force in your life? Jesus speaks of two forces at work in our lives – the power of the temptation to sin and cause harm and the power of faith to overcome obstacles and difficulties that stand in the way of loving God and our neighbor. The Greek word for temptation (scandalon) is the same as the English word scandal. The original meaning of scandal is a trap or a stumbling block which causes one to trip and fall. The scriptures warn us about the snare or enticement to go astray and to do what is evil. Keep me from the trap which they have laid for me, and from the snares of evildoers!(Psalm 141:9) Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling (1 John 2:10).

Jesus commands us to not give bad example or lead others into sin
The Jews held that it was an unforgivable sin to teach another to sin. If we teach another to sin, he or she in turn may teach still another, until a train of sin is set in motion with no foreseeable end. Jesus warns his disciples of the terrible responsibility that they must set no stumbling block in the way of another, that is, not give offense or bad example that might lead another to sin. The young in faith are especially vulnerable to the bad example of those who should be passing on the faith.

The power of faith for overcoming obstacles
While Jesus warns against the danger of giving bad example and causing scandal, he also demonstrates the power of faith for overcoming obstacles and temptation to sin. What did Jesus mean when he said that our faith can move trees and mountains as well (see Matthew17:20; Mark 11:23)? The term “mountain remover” was used for someone who could solve great problems and difficulties.

The Holy Spirit helps us to grow in expectant faith
Don’t we often encounter challenges and difficulties which seem beyond our power to handle? What appears impossible to human power is possible to those who believe in God’s power. Faith is a gift freely given by God to help us know God personally, to understand his truth, and to live in the power of his love. God expects more from us than we can simply do by ourselves. That is why Jesus gives us the gift and power of the Holy Spirit who helps us to grow strong in  faith, persevere in hope, and endure in love.

Faith in God is the key for removing obstacles and difficulties which keep us from doing his will. We belong to God and our lives are no longer our own. Our joy and privilege is to follow the Lord Jesus and to serve in the power of his love and goodness. The Lord Jesus is ever ready to work in and through us for his glory. For our faith to be effective it must be linked with trust and with obedience – an  active submission to God and a willingness to do whatever he commands. Do you trust in the grace and strength which God freely gives to help us resist temptation and to overcome obstacles in doing his will?

“Lord Jesus, you give us victory over the destructive forces of sin and harmful desires that keep us from doing your will. Give me the strength to always choose what is good and to reject what is wrong. May your love rule my heart that I may forgive those who cause me harm and guide those who need your help.” – Read the source:

Reflection 3 – Crisis Of Faith

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” –Luke 17:5

Millions of people are afraid to travel by air. Many of them know very well what the statistics say—that they are safer in an airplane than in the family car, or even in the bathtub. But that doesn’t matter. Researchers say that a conscious fear of crashing is usually not the problem. The real root of their anxiety is the fear that they will lose control of their lives once they leave the ground.

A similar crisis of faith may occur when a person puts himself in the care of God. He too is carried a long way from what the world considers “solid ground.” Trusting an invisible Lord can be frightening, especially for a new Christian.

Jesus’ disciples experienced such a crisis of faith when He told them that they would have to rise to levels of forgiveness and mercy previously unknown to them (Luke 17:3-5). Yet He responded to their lack of faith by pointing out that it takes only a small amount of obedient trust in Him to put the power of heaven at their disposal (v.6).

That’s the key to our journey through life. When we learn what Christ wants from us, we must take the first step of obedience. He will then give us the strength to do what He wants us to do. Lord, increase our faith.  —MRD II  — Mart De Haan

If you would know the power of God,
Just take Him at His Word;
Be not dismayed if faith is small,
But trust “Thus saith the Lord.” —D. De Haan

A little faith can dispel big fears (Source: Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries).

Reflection 4 – The potential of the mustard seed

Today’s Gospel reading seems to be a smattering of unrelated quips by Jesus. It’s as if he were writing bumper stickers or pithy sayings for billboards in front of churches.

However, when Luke wrote this Gospel, he had a deliberate reason for putting these pearls of holy wisdom here, one right after the other. Jesus was challenging his followers with the implied question: Do you have true faith? Let us examine our answers.

If we have true faith in Jesus, we’re enthralled by who he really is – we’re excited, amazed and fascinated. Because of this, we focus on his every word, so much so that we grow in our understanding of the truth and we become better at living the truth. We becoming more and more unwilling to sin or cause a scandal. And we become less and less likely to accidentally cause a scandal.

If we have true faith in Jesus, we notice how readily he forgives everyone, no matter what they’ve done, and that he has compassion for their regret, joy for their desire to change, and patience for any continued stumbling. We also realize that he knows each sinner’s heart far better than we do, and so we quit judging them, we quit holding grudges, and we freely choose to be merciful to them.

If we have true faith in Jesus, we don’t have to have a big faith to succeed spiritually or to get our prayers answered. Even beginners – newly enlivened Christians who’ve barely started the journey of spiritual discovery – have enough faith to cast trees into the sea. Really? How? Well, remember that faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit. We have God’s own faith within us! That’s more than enough.

True faith is only a matter of remaining true to the faith. Instead of behaving as if the Holy Spirit hasn’t made us any different from people who live without God, our behavior is based on what Jesus taught and did and what his Spirit empowers us to do. And when we fail at that, we run to the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist for healing, purification, and renewed strength.

Jesus isn’t asking us to have enormous faith in him, just real faith. The value of a mustard seed is in its potential to grow – to become more than itself – when properly nourished. You already have the potential for casting trees into the sea – for casting obstacles far from where they can interfere with what God wants for you – so now it’s just a matter of feeding your faith growth.

Never underestimate the importance of your faith, even it if seems too small. Trust the truth. Your holiness will grow! (Source: Terry Modica, Good News Ministries). – Read the source:

Reflection  5 – St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
(1850-1917 A.D.)

Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized; she became a U.S. citizen in 1909. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ.

Refused admission to the religious order which had educated her to be a teacher, she began charitable work at the House of Providence Orphanage in Cadogno, Italy. In September 1877, she made her vows there and took the religious habit.

When the bishop closed the orphanage in 1880, he named Frances prioress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Seven young women from the orphanage joined her.

Since her early childhood in Italy, Frances had wanted to be a missionary in China but, at the urging of Pope Leo XIII, Frances went west instead of east. She traveled with six sisters to New York City to work with the thousands of Italian immigrants living there.

She found disappointment and difficulties with every step. When she arrived in New York, the house intended to be her first orphanage in the United States was not available. The archbishop advised her to return to Italy. But Frances, truly a valiant woman, departed from the archbishop’s residence all the more determined to establish that orphanage. And she did.

In 35 years Frances Xavier Cabrini founded 67 institutions dedicated to caring for the poor, the abandoned, the uneducated and the sick. Seeing great need among Italian immigrants who were losing their faith, she organized schools and adult education classes.

As a child, she was always frightened of water, unable to overcome her fear of drowning. Yet, despite this fear, she traveled across the Atlantic Ocean more than 30 times. She died of malaria in her own Columbus Hospital in Chicago.


The compassion and dedication of Mother Cabrini is still seen in hundreds of thousands of her fellow citizens, not yet canonized, who care for the sick in hospitals, nursing homes and state institutions. We complain of increased medical costs in an affluent society, but the daily news shows us millions who have little or no medical care, and who are calling for new Mother Cabrinis to become citizen-servants of their land.


At her canonization on July 7, 1946, Pope Pius XII said, “Although her constitution was very frail, her spirit was endowed with such singular strength that, knowing the will of God in her regard, she permitted nothing to impede her from accomplishing what seemed beyond the strength of a woman.”

Patron Saint of:

Hospital administrators
Impossible causes

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Francesca Cabrini.JPG
BORN July 15, 1850
Sant’Angelo LodigianoProvince of LodiKingdom of Lombardy-VenetiaAustrian Empire
DIED December 22, 1917 (aged 67)
ChicagoIllinois, United States
VENERATED IN Roman Catholic Church
BEATIFIED November 13, 1938, by Pope Pius XI
CANONIZED July 7, 1946, by Pope Pius XII
MAJOR SHRINE Chapel of Mother Cabrini High School, New York City
FEAST November 13 (December 22, pre-1970)
PATRONAGE immigrants, hospital administrators, Lincoln

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C. (ItalianFrancesca Saverio Cabrini; July 15, 1850 – December 22, 1917), also called Mother Cabrini, was an Italian– American religious sister, who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic religious institutethat was a major support to the Italian immigrants to the United States. She was the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonizedby the Roman Catholic Church, on July 7, 1946.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cabrini was born July 15, 1850, in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, in the Lombard Province of Lodi, then part of the Austrian Empire, the youngest of the thirteen children of Agostino Cabrini and Stella Oldini, who were wealthy cherry treefarmers. Sadly, only four of the thirteen survived beyond adolescence.[2] Small and weak as a child, born two months premature, she remained in delicate health throughout her life. When she went to visit to her uncle, Don Luigi Oldini of Livagra, a priest who lived beside a swift canal, she made little boats of paper, dropped violets in them, called the flowers missionaries, and launched them to sail off to India and China.[3]

At thirteen Francesca attended a school run by the Daughters of the Sacred Heart. Five years later she graduated cum laude, with a teaching certificate.[3] After the deaths of her parents in 1870, she applied for admission to the religious congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart at Arluno. These sisters were her former teachers but reluctantly, they told her she was too frail for their life.[4]She became the headmistress of the House of Providence orphanage in Codogno, where she taught, and drew a small community of women to live a religious way of life. Cabrini took religious vows in 1877 and added Xavier to her name to honor the Jesuit saint, Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missionary service.[5]

Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus[edit]

In November 1880, she and six other women who had taken religious vows with her founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (M.S.C.).[6] Cabrini composed the Rule and Constitutions of the religious institute, and she continued as its superior general until her death. The sisters took in orphans and foundlings, opened a day school to help pay expenses, started classes in needlework and sold their fine embroidery to earn a little more money.[3]The institute established seven homes and a free school and nursery in its first five years. Its good works brought Mother Cabrini to the attention of (the now Blessed) Giovanni Scalabrini,Bishop of Piacenza, and of Pope Leo XIII.


In September 1877, Cabrini went to seek approval of the pope to establish missions in China. Instead, he suggested to her that she go to the United States to help the Italian immigrants who were flooding to that nation in that era, mostly in great poverty. “Not to the East, but to the West” was his advice.[6]

Cabrini left for the United States, arriving in New York City on March 31, 1889, along with six other sisters. She encountered disappointment and difficulties at every step.[6] Archbishop Michael Corrigan, who was not immediately supportive, found them housing at the convent of the Sisters of Charity, where they were allowed to stay as long as necessary. She obtained the permission of the archbishop to found an orphanage, which is located in West Park, New York today and is known asSaint Cabrini Home.

Cabrini organized catechism and education classes for the Italian immigrants and provided for the needs of the many orphans. She established schools and orphanages despite tremendous odds. She was as resourceful as she was prayerful, finding people who would donate what she needed in money, time, labor, and support.[7] In New York City, she founded Columbus Hospital and Italian Hospital. In the 1980s, they were merged into Cabrini Medical Center.[4] The facility closed in 2008.

In Chicago, the sisters opened Columbus Extension Hospital (later renamed Saint Cabrini Hospital) in the heart of the city’s Italian neighborhood on the Near West Side. Both hospitals eventually closed near the end of the 20th century. Their foundress’ name lives on in Chicago’s Cabrini Street.

She founded 67 institutions: in New York; Chicago; Des Plaines, Illinois; Seattle; New Orleans; Denver; Golden, Colorado; Los AngelesPhiladelphia;[5] and in countries throughout South Americaand Europe. Long after her death, the Missionary Sisters would achieve Mother Cabrini’s goal of being missionaries to China. In only a short time, after much social and religious upheaval there, the Sisters left China and, subsequently, a Siberian placement.

Cabrini was naturalized as a United States citizen in 1909.[5]


Cabrini High School, Fort Washington Avenue, Manhattan, New York City

Mother Cabrini died of complications from dysentery at age 67 in Columbus Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, on December 22, 1917,[7]while preparing Christmas candy for the local children. By that time, she had founded 67 missionary institutions to serve the sick and poor and train additional sisters to carry on the work.

Her body was originally interred at Saint Cabrini Home, an orphanage she founded in West ParkUlster CountyNew York.


In 1931, her body was exhumed as part of the canonization process. At that time, her head was removed and is preserved in the chapel of the congregation’s international motherhouse in Rome. An arm is at the national shrine in Chicago, while most of the rest of her body is at the shrine in New York.

Cabrini was beatified on November 13, 1938, by Pope Pius XI, and canonized on July 7, 1946,[7] by Pope Pius XII. Her beatification miracle involved the restoration of sight to a child who had been blinded by excess silver nitrate in the child’s eyes. Her canonization miracle involved the healing of a terminally ill member of her congregation. When she was canonized, 120,000 people from all over the area filled Soldier Field for a Mass of thanksgiving.[8]

Mother Cabrini’s feast day is November 13,[9] the day of her beatification. In the pre-1970 calendar, still used by some, the date was December 22, the day of her birth in heaven, the day normally chosen for a saint’s feast day.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is the patron saint of immigrants,[10] and of the religious institute, the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, (Servidoras).[11]


National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini[edit]

Due to the overwhelming increase of pilgrims to her room at Chicago’s Columbus Hospital, the then-Archbishop of ChicagoCardinalSamuel Stritch, consecrated a National Shrine built in her honor within the hospital complex. The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was dedicated in 1955.[12] The Shrine was at the heart of Columbus Hospital, formerly located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. It was a popular destination for the faithful seeking personal healing and spiritual comfort. In 2002, the hospital closed and soon after was torn down, but the shrine and Mother Cabrini’s room were conserved, though closed to the public. It was reopened on October 1, 2012, following a ceremony the previous day.

It is located in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago at the former Columbus Hospital. It was solemnly blessed and dedicated in an Inaugural Liturgy that was celebrated by Cardinal Francis GeorgeO.M.I.Archbishop of Chicago, on September 30, 2012. The ReverendTheodore Ploplis, Coordinator of Spiritual Services at Chicago’s St. Joseph Hospital and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, also assumed duties as the first Rector of the National Shrine, effective September 1, 2012.

The National Shrine will now function as a stand-alone center for prayer, worship, spiritual care and pilgrimage. Today, it is an architectural gem of gold mosaics, Carrara marble, frescoes and Florentine stained glass. As part of its restoration plan, it will be surrounded by a large condominium development on North Lakeview, the former site of Columbus Hospital.

Other shrines to Mother Cabrini[edit]

Manhattan, New York City[edit]

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine, 701 Fort Washington Avenue in Washington Heights, Manhattan.

The St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine in the Washington Heightssection of Manhattan overlooks the banks of the Hudson River and neighboring New Jersey. After her death in 1917, Mother Cabrini was buried in West Park, New York. In 1933, her remains were moved to the chapel of Mother Cabrini High School. Following Mother Cabrini’s canonization in 1946, there were so many pilgrims coming to pray that a new shrine was built in 1957 on the school grounds. The shrine served the young women attending Mother Cabrini High School as a place for their liturgies and prayer services. Mother Cabrini High School was established in 1899. It closed June 30, 2014 after 115 years of educational service to women.[13]

The major portion of her body is now enshrined under glass in the altar of the shrine. Today, the Shrine continues as a center of welcome for new immigrants and pilgrims of many nationalities who come to pray and reflect.[14] The street to the west of the shrine was renamed Cabrini Boulevard in her honor.

Golden, Colorado[edit]

Queen of Heaven Orphanage Summer Camp, NRHP

Another Mother Cabrini Shrine is located in Golden, Colorado. Arriving in Denver in 1902, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, established in 1904 the Queen of Heaven Orphanage.[15]During a trip in 1902 to visit the Italian workers and their families in the Clear Creek, Argentine, and South Park mining districts, Frances X. Cabrini discovered a property on the east slope of Lookout Mountain owned by the town of Golden. No reliable source of water was known to exist on the property at that time, although there were two barns and a springhouse built in the 1890s. In 1909 -1910, she negotiated the purchase of this property as a summer camp for the girls at the Queen of Heaven Orphanage in Denver, Colorado. A farming operation, with poultry, livestock and dairy cows, was established and maintained by three of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart.[16]

In September 1912, Mother Cabrini directed the sisters where to dig to find water. A replica of the grotto of Lourdes was built over the spring in 1929 and replaced in 1959 by a second built of sandstone. On Mother Cabrini’s last visit to the foothills in 1912 she authorized the building of the Stone House to serve as a dormitory for the girls. The house was to be built of native rock. Construction was completed in 1914. The house was used as a summer camp for the girls from the Queen of Heaven orphanage. In 1967 a system of foster care took over the responsibilities of the orphanage and Queen of Heaven closed.[15] The summer camp became a year around retreat facility, and a place for small prayer gatherings. The Stone House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In April 1948, a St. Frances Cabrini Shrine Committee was incorporated. The convent, completed in 1970, contains a chapel dedicated to the Sacred Heart, and has an exhibit of artifacts and clothing used by Mother Cabrini. The stained-glass windows of the convent chapel came from Villa Cabrini in Burbank, California, which was a school formerly sponsored by the Missionary Sisters.[16]


  • The Cabrini Mission Foundation, founded in 1998, is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support Cabrini programs and institutions focused on health care, education, and social services.[17]
  • A number of educational institutions were named after Mother Cabrini including: Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania,[7]Cabrini High School in New Orleans,[20] Mother Cabrini High School in New York City, Cabrini Catholic High School in Allen Park, Michigan, and Mother Cabrini School in Caparra Heights,Puerto Rico. The “Colegio Santa Francisca Javier Cabrini de Madrid” is named in her honor.[21]
  • CHRISTUS-Saint Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana, bears her name because Charles Greco, the Bishop of Alexandria at the time of its founding, shortly after her canonization, had met her when she came to visit the grade school he attended in New Orleans. The Santa-Cabrini Hospital in the east end of Montreal, Canada, is also named in her honor and is very popular amongst Canadians of Italian descent.
  • Chicago’s Cabrini–Green housing project, which has since been mostly torn down,[23] was named after her, due to her work with Italian immigrants in the location. It has since become a haven for underprivileged and poor people and the Cabrini Sisters still work there.
  • St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was honored in 1996, listing her in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. Jump up^ Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native-born American citizen to be canonized.
  2. Jump up^ St. Frances Cabrini Parish, San Jose, California
  3. Jump up to:a b c “Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini”, “Lives of Saints”, John J. Crawley & Co., Inc.
  4. Jump up to:a b “Frances Xavier Cabrini 1850-1917”, Catholic Home Study Service
  5. Jump up to:a b c “Mother Cabrini’s Life Story”, Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Stella Maris Province
  6. Jump up to:a b c Foley O.F.M., Leonard. “St. Frances Xavier Cabrini”, Saint of the Day, Lives, Lessons and Feast, (revised by Pat McCloskey O.F.M.), Franciscan Media
  7. Jump up to:a b c d “Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini”, Cabrini College, Radnor, Pennsylvania
  8. Jump up^ Martin, Michelle. “Cabrini shrine seeing improvements, new mission”, Catholic New World, Archdiocese of Chicago, February 26, 2012
  9. Jump up^ Martyrologium Romanum (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2001 ISBN 88-209-7210-7)
  10. Jump up^ Mann, Tania. “Relic reawakens spirit of Mother Cabrini’s mission”, Catholic New World, Archdiocese of Chicago
  11. Jump up^ “our Patron”, Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará
  12. Jump up^ National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Chicago, Illinois
  13. Jump up^ Mother Cabrini High School, New York
  14. Jump up^ “St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine”, The New York city Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
  15. Jump up to:a b Tancredo, Thomas G., “Cabrini Shrine, Golden, Colorado”, The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  16. Jump up to:a b “History of Mother Cabrini Shrine”, Mother Cabrini Shrine, Golden Colorado
  17. Jump up^ Cabrini Mission Foundation
  18. Jump up^ St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Allen Park, Michigan
  19. Jump up^ Italian Church of St Francesca Cabrini, Bedford
  20. Jump up^ Cabrini High School, New Orleans, Louisiana
  21. Jump up^ “Colegio Santa Francisca Javier Cabrini de Madrid”. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  22. Jump up^ Galeazzi, Giacomo (November 13, 2010). “Bertone: Noi ex migrantii” (in Italian).
  23. Jump up^