When Frances Xavier Cabrini arrived in New York from her home in Italy, her experience mirrored that of many immigrants in this world: she was told to go home.
A house that was promised for her and her sisters by the Archdiocese of New York was no longer available, and the archbishop insisted she return to Italy. She refused. Improvised housing was found, and she and her sisters went to work scrambling (even begging) for funds, overcoming hardship after hardship, to ultimately found 67 institutions (in the US alone) to serve the poor, the uneducated, the sick, the abandoned, and especially the immigrant.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, widely known as “Mother Cabrini,” whose feast day we celebrate on November 13. It feels like no coincidence that the centennial of her death falls this year, when Pope Francis launched Share the Journey, a global campaign inviting people around the world to love our immigrant and refugee neighbors, because Mother Cabrini is a patron saint of immigrants.
Honor Mother Cabrini, patron saint of immigrants, by joining the Share the Journey campaign today. Sign up for Share the Journey and learn more about our brothers and sisters who have fled their homes, and how you can support them.
Your neighbors live across the street and across the country, across oceans and hemispheres. As millions of God’s children flee war, persecution and poverty, Pope Francis, Caritas Internationalis, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Relief Services invite you to share their journey by walking with them in prayer and support. At sharejourney.org, you will find:
- church teaching,
- activities & reflections, and
- other resources in English and Spanish for your families and faith communities, to deepen our Catholic solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters everywhere.
We’ll stay in touch with periodic updates on the activities, resources and actions for Share the Journey. Thanks for being here.
A Hymn Piercing the Darkness
A Prayer inspired by St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
God of our Wandering Ancestors,
I am an immigrant, a refugee,
Mother Cabrini went down into the mines
May it be said of me that, like Mother Cabrini,
And when my days on Earth are done,
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.
Copyright 2017 Catholic Relief Services