• 13 Nov 19

Nov 13 - “St. Frances Cabrini” © icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Frances!

Francesca Cabrini tried to enter two different religious orders in her native Italy, but was turned down by both because of her poor health. In 1880, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, which soon began to spread throughout northern Italy. She wanted to work in China, but the pope told her to help Catholic immigrants in the United States instead. She landed in New York City with six nuns in 1889 and founded her first American convent and orphanage.

Within 28 years she had established schools and other charitable institutions across the United States, including four major hospitals. Her order expanded into South America, France, Spain, and England. She became a citizen of the United States in Seattle, Washington, and is the first U.S. citizen to be canonized by Rome. She is considered the patroness of all immigrants, and is shown in this icon with two Italian children on Ellis Island.