Rose Basile Green’s study of St. Frances Cabrini’s philosophy of education continues with a discussion of the principles that Mother Cabrini defined for her institutions. Mother Cabrini wrote specific programs for the students in her schools, orphanages and other educational insitutions. Mother Cabrini’s Rule included the areas of religious duties, study, reading, oral and written communication, ethics, and recreation. Some of the principles include:
They shall attend with all diligence at the study of religion, and shall be present at the sermons and conferences that will be held for their instruction and spiritual profit. They must study not only to know, nor to appear brilliant, nor to eclipse their classmates; this would be only vanity. Let them study, instead to have an intellectual training as a means for a moral perfection.
Religion is a required discipline in all Cabrinian educational institutions. Green notes that religion can be exercised on a voluntary basis through prayer, attendance at Mass, reception of the Sacraments, and through attendance at conferences, seminars, lectures and retreats. Green emphasizes that Mother Cabrini’s philosophy of education is openly committed to religion which is a dynamic unifying force for all other studies.
Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director