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Frances Xavier Cabrini, also known as Mother Cabrini, was an Italian-American Catholic religious sister and saint. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a religious institute that was a major support to her fellow Italian immigrants to the United States.

She founded the Sacred Heart Orphan Asylum in rural West Park, New York, later renamed Saint Cabrini Home.  In New York City, she founded Columbus Hospital, which merged with Italian Hospital to become Cabrini Medical Center from 1973 until its closure in 2008.

In Chicago, Illinois, the sisters opened Columbus Hospital in Lincoln Park and Columbus Extension Hospital (later renamed Saint Cabrini Hospital) in the heart of the city's Italian neighborhood on the Near West Side. Both hospitals eventually closed in 2001–2002. Their foundress's name lives on in Chicago's Cabrini Street.

Cabrini founded 67 missionary institutions to serve the sick and poor, long before government agencies provided extensive social services – in New York; Chicago and Des Plaines, Illinois; Seattle; New Orleans; Denver and Golden, Colorado; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; and in countries throughout Latin America and Europe.

Cabrini was the first U.S. citizen to be canonized a saint by the Catholic Church, on July 7, 1946.


Her Feast Day is November 13th.

She is the Patron of Immigrants

Frances Xavier Cabrini

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