Frances Xavier Cabrini Biography
(Italian-American Catholic Religious Sister and Founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Birthday: July 15, 1850 (Cancer)
Born In: Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy
Frances Xavier Cabrini was an Italian-American Roman Catholic nun, canonized in 1946 for her tireless services to the needy. Recognized as the patron saint of immigrants, she grew up in rural Italy in a religious environment, listening to the stories of missionaries, dreaming of going to China as one. However, when at the age of twenty, she tried to join a religious congregation she was refused admission because of her frail health. Undeterred, she began to serve as a lay person, ultimately taking her religious vow at twenty-seven, establishing her own order at thirty, working in Italy for next nine years. At thirty-nine, she left for USA on the order of the pope, setting up numerous institutions in order to serve the Italian immigrant community there. By the time she died at the age of sixty-seven, she had established sixty-seven missionary institutions, serving numerous people on the both sides of the Atlantic.