Lighting the Easter candle at out Easter Vigil Saturday night

St.Frances Xavier Cabrini

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917)Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917)

They who pray with faith have fervor and fervor is the fire of prayer. This mysterious fire has the power of consuming all our faults and imperfections, and of giving our actions vitality, beauty and merit.
-Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in Lombardy, Italy and throughout her life she was often sick due to her fragile health. Since a young age Frances wished to live a religious life but due to her ill health she was turned down and instead asked to teach at an orphanage. When she was 27 she finally made her religious vows and when the girl's orphanage she taught at closed, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to take care of poor children by establishing schools and hospitals. She wished to extend the programs to a mission in China but Pope Leo XIII told her to go to America and work with the neglected Italian immigrant population. During her mission in New York Frances experienced many hardships but she was a resourceful woman with deep faith and perseverance. She founded 67 institutions and devoted 35 years of service to the poor and abandoned in the United States, particularly the Italian immigrants, and the global community. Her feast day is November 13th and she is the patron saint of immigrants.

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