St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Nov 24, 2014 1124

The United States wasn't her first choice, but by the end, Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini would leave a lasting legacy in the heart of southern Louisiana.

The patron saint of immigrants hailed from Italy and, by her early 30's, founded the Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She had dreams that this mission would take her beyond the realm of Italy, to China. The Vatican chose, instead, to send her westward, towards the United States. It was here, she was told, that Italian Catholics were experiencing great hardship. Her career as an advocate for Italian immigrants would take her throughout the Western hemisphere, including New Orleans.

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