By Sarah Ciotti of

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin


St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in northern Italy in 1850. She became a school teacher, a religious, and founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. As her order grew, she was encouraged to send sisters west to minister to immigrants in America. Along with her sisters, Mother Cabrini set-up schools, orphanages, and hospitals throughout America, as well as in Brazil, Nicaragua, Argentina and even England, France and Spain. She is fondly remembered as saying, “The Heart of Jesus does things in such a hurry that I can barely keep up with him.” She was canonized in 1946 by Pius XII.