A missionary to Chicago: Frances Cabrini

Did you enjoy the thrilling story of Bernadette of Lourdes? We have another amazing story to follow, just in time for her movie coming this week: Frances Cabrini!

This coming week, “The Saints: Adventures of Faith and Courage” follows a young Italian-American Catholic sister as her plans to make a mission in China… actually take her to the other side of the world.

Born Maria Francesca Cabrini in July of 1850, she was the youngest of thirteen children in her family, even though she was born prematurely and was in poor health for most of her life. She excelled in school and took religious vows at 22 years old, honoring the patron saint of missionary work, Saint Francis Xavier, with her new name.

In 1880, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an order that took in orphans, created a day school, and established needlework classes and sales to earn money as they began their ministry. And when, in 1887, she sought the pope’s approval to go to China, she was told “Not to the East, but to the West”, where Italian immigrants were flooding for work and living in poverty.

Hear the rest of her powerful story of divine influence and courage, starting Monday, March 4th, at thesaintspodcast.com.