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Jubilee Year in Honor of Mother Cabrini

This photo of Mother Cabrini was taken at the opening of Columbus Hospital in 1905. (National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini)
The fresco painting represents Mother Cabrini’s arrival to the United States in New York City where she first was sent to help immigrants. (National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini)
This Sacred Heart statue represents Mother Cabrini’s devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini)
The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago celebrates the kickoff of a jubilee year with a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general, on Nov. 13, 2021. The jubilee year is in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the canonization of Mother Cabrini, who ministered and died in Chicago. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago celebrates the kickoff of a jubilee year with a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general, on Nov. 13, 2021. The jubilee year is in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the canonization of Mother Cabrini, who ministered and died in Chicago. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago celebrates the kickoff of a jubilee year with a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general, on Nov. 13, 2021. The jubilee year is in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the canonization of Mother Cabrini, who ministered and died in Chicago. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago celebrates the kickoff of a jubilee year with a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general, on Nov. 13, 2021. The jubilee year is in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the canonization of Mother Cabrini, who ministered and died in Chicago. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago celebrates the kickoff of a jubilee year with a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general, on Nov. 13, 2021. The jubilee year is in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the canonization of Mother Cabrini, who ministered and died in Chicago. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Jubilee Year in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Canonization of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the canonization of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, known by many as Mother Cabrini. To celebrate the occasion, the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, located in Lincoln Park, is launching a jubilee year on Nov. 13, 2021. The year includes a plenary indulgence for those who make a pilgrimage to the shrine or to Holy Name Cathedral, walk through its holy door and complete the necessary requirements.

A Holy Door, which symbolizes the doorway to salvation, is only opened at a cathedral, basilica or parish of special significance that becomes a pilgrimage site during a Jubilee year. The Holy Father has given bishops around the world the power to designate Holy Doors in their own diocese as places of pilgrimage for the faithful. Pilgrims passing through them secure the remission of their sins.

Unveiling of New Mother Cabrini Statue
An anonymous benefactor will donate a statue of Mother Cabrini in order to foster devotion to the universal patroness of immigrants. It is scheduled to be installed in the Holy Name Cathedral courtyard in October 2022. More information will be upcoming.
 

EVENTS

Special Mass Celebrating the Jubilee Year
Sunday, Dec. 5, at 12:30 p.m.
Holy Name Cathedral
735 N. State Street (corner of Superior Street)

Opening of the Holy Doors and Mass
The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago celebrated the kickoff of the jubilee year with a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general, on Nov. 13, 2021.

About St. Frances Cabrini

Born two months premature to a large family in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, in the northern part of Italy, on July 15, 1850, Francesca Cabrini was in delicate health most of her life.

From an early age Francesca Cabrini was fascinated by missionaries who spoke of their experiences of spreading the Word of God in the East. Hearing these stories, she wanted to become a missionary but had been rejected by existing religious communities because of her poor health. However, a local bishop recognized her zeal and energy, and encouraged her to start her own religious community.

After founding the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she spent some years developing the order and expanding their missions throughout Italy. She founded several schools, orphanages and supervised a hospital in her home country.

It was Pope Leo XIII who said to Mother Cabrini, “Not to the East, but to the West.” In 1889, Mother Cabrini and six of her sisters embarked for America with 1,500 other immigrants bound for New York City.

They delivered basic education, health care and spiritual guidance to poor Italian communities across the United States.

In 1899, Mother Cabrini traveled to Chicago, where she founded and taught at Assumption School and later opened Columbus Hospital in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

On Dec. 22, 1917, Mother Cabrini died at Columbus Hospital at age 67. In 1928, Cardinal George Mundelein verified two miracles attributed to her, and on July 7, 1946, Pope Pius XII proclaimed Mother Cabrini a saint, making her the first American citizen saint.

From the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini’s website. For a more detailed biography, please visit: https://www.cabrininationalshrine.org/timeline-and-her-life-s-work