Now that we are in the month of November, we will soon celebrate the feast of St. Cabrini. Typically, the Catholic Church marks a saint’s feast day on or near the day of their actual death. In the case of St. Frances Cabrini, that date is December 22. In Chicago, on December 22, 1917, Mother Cabrini was wrapping presents of sweets for school children when she collapsed and died. The reference work, Butler’s Lives of the Saints, lists December 22nd as St. Cabrini’s feast and that date is celebrated in Italy and in Europe. In the United States, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart hold that date very dear, as they remember their Mother Foundress. However, her actual feast day is celebrated in the United States on November 13. What is the significance of November 13? The following page taken from a scrapbook that is located in the Cabriniana Room, can help to answer the question. Can you find the significance of November 13 in St. Frances Cabrini’s special days of grace? You may need to select the image to make it larger.
Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director