An American Saint’s Day: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Today is the feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, born an Italian, but a very important part of the history of the Church in the United States.  We are largely a Church of immigrants, and many of those immigrants owed much to the ministry of Mother Cabrini.

Here is an article I published at Catholic Exchange to mark the sixtieth anniversary of her canonization, at a time when the immigration issue was a front and center political issue.  (A typographical error has the article saying it was 1956 — but noting the sixtieth anniversary!  It was actually a 1946 canonization.)

One thing I enjoy watching for is interconnections in the lives of saints.  In her case, it was conversations with Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, another who devoted much of his ministry to immigrants, that influenced her desire to come to America to help the immigrants, most of whom were living in such deplorable conditions, here.  And though he’s not a blessed or a saint, we should note that Pope Leo XIII, great defender of the poor, was a big admirer of and very influential on the course of her life. 

At a time of such turmoil and profound challenges to both our country and the Church here, we certainly need her prayers.

Mother Cabrini, pray for us!

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