Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini-13th November 2016

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

Titular patroness of the Australia-Asia Scalabrinian Province

Saint of the Day for November 13

(July 15, 1850 – December 22, 1917)

Foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and pioneer worker for the welfare of dispersed Italian nationals, this diminutive nun was responsible for the establishment of nearly seventy orphanages, school, and hospitals, scattered over eight countries in Europe, North, South and Central America.
Francesca Cabrini was born on July 15, 1850, in the village of Sant’ Angelo, on the outskirts of Lodi, about twenty miles from Milan, in the pleasant, fertile Lombardy plain. She was the thirteenth child of a farmer’s family.
In September, 1887, came the nun’s first trip to Rome, with the dual purpose of seeking papal approval for the order, which so far had functioned merely on the diocesan level, and of opening a house in Rome which might serve as headquarters for future enterprises.
Pope Leo XIII received her and blessed the work.

A new and greater challenge awaited the intrepid nun, a chance to fulfill the old dream of being a missionary to a distant land. As a result of hard times at home, millions of Italians had emigrated to the United States and to South America in the hope of bettering themselves. Talks with Bishop Scalabrini and with Pope Leo XIII persuaded Mother Cabrini that this the cause of the migrants was henceforth to be also hers.[more]