St. Frances Xavier Cabrini faced many difficulties when she moved to the United States from her native Italy. She had been sent by Pope Leo XVIII to work in New York City and care for poor Italian immigrants. When she arrived, Frances was unable to open an orphanage. She was told, therefore, that she should return to Italy. Instead, Frances decided to stay. She worked hard to fulfill her mission. Eventually she would start 67 schools, orphanages, and hospitals in the United States. Saint Frances is the patron saint of hospital administrators, immigrants, and impossible causes. Her feast day is celebrated on November 13.
Questions for Reflection:
- What programs in your community or parish address the needs of the poor and marginalized?
- How can you help to better serve those needs?