Frances-xavier Cabrini

1850-1917. Founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Born at S. Angelo Lodigiano, Italy, she was shy and physically delicate, but possessed of an iron will and implacable spirit. She abandoned her elementary-school teaching career to fulfill her lifelong desire to be a missionary to China. Rejected because of poor health, in 1880 she founded her own women's missionary society. Her vast vision and bold faith give ample proof that she thoroughly believed her society's motto: Philippians 4:13. Ordered to New York by Pope Leo XIII, she began her work among Italian immigrants in 1889. Her boundless energy gave birth to schools, charitable organizations, and hospitals throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Mother Cabrini was especially adept at procuring funds and aid from non-Catholic sources. Regarded as patron of emigrants and all displaced persons, she was canonized in 1946.