Tuesday November 13, 2012 is the Feast Day of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Mother Cabrini was an active contributor to the rich tradition of lived Catholic social teaching. She founded sixty-seven institutions dedicated to serving people from all walks of life through orphanages, hospitals, and schools.
Mother Cabrini was committed to serving immigrants. Her sisters and lay collaborators continue this work today. In Dobbs Ferry, NY and on Henry Street in New York City, NY, Cabrini Immigrant Services is committed to collaboration with all people of good will “to fight for social justice issues that affect the immigration community, most notably just and human immigration reform.”
The Mother Cabrini Feast Day Novena Prayer asks that we be transformed to serve others after her example.
Heart of Jesus, we thank you for this opportunity as a Cabrinian Family to prepare together for the feast of your missionary servant Francesca Cabrini. We desire, during this time of preparation, to understand those aspects of her charism and mission that are part of your on-going plan for each one of us. During these days, open our minds, stretch our hearts, fire our imagination and energize our will with the many faces that Francesca presents to the world today. Show us the way her charism can take root in our daily life so that we may arrive at her Feast, converted and empowered in heart, mind and will, ready to begin a year of Cabrinian greatness of heart on behalf of those with whom we live, work and meet. We ask this in the name of the Father and in the power of the Spirit. Amen.
For additional information see the website of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, especially on Dobbs Ferry and Henry Street. The Henry Street site includes an informative video narrated by Sr. Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC, Provincial of the Stella Maris Province and former Director of Cabrini Immigrant Services.
Submitted by: N. Rademacher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Religious Studies