Junior Cabrini Companions Blow out Mother Cabrini’s Birthday Candles

The Southern California chapter of the Junior Cabrini Companions, led by Sr. Regina Palamara, MSC held a special meeting on July 15th in honor of Mother Cabrini’s birthday.  The group of Junior Cabrini Companions, girls and boys ranging in age from three to ten, usually meet semi-monthly to enjoy food, fellowship, swim0715151429ming in the Southern California sun, and learning more about the life and work of Mother Cabrini.

At their July 15th gathering, the group also had a special cinnamon and brown sugar cake, complete with lit candles and singing to celebrate the life of Mother Cabrini.

Birthday Benefit for National Shrine in Chicago

The third annual Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Birthday Benefit took place on Wednesday, July 15th celebrating her 165th birthday. The evening began with a festive 5 pm Mass in the Shrine and moved across the park to The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The weather was glorious as patrons enjoyed cocktails in the garden followed by dinner and an auction. Guests were free to explore the museum’s exhibits, including the lovely butterfly haven.

We were delighted to have Missionary Sisters Joan McGlinchey, Bridget Zanin, Joaquina Costa, Joan Marie Sariti, Benigna Morais, Alfonsina Gomes and Renee Kittelson on hand for the event.

The Shrine’s fundraising committee, chaired by Florence Sorensen, brought about a successful event with over 200 people in attendance. The auction items included a sun-filled week at the Westin Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico and Notre Dame vs. Navy football tickets with four fabulous 50-yard line seats.

It was a joyous birthday celebration in the honor of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. She would have enjoyed it!

Chicago Says Good-bye to a Legend

Fr. Dan Nolan celebrated a farewell mass for Sr. Joan Marie Sariti, MSC. Over sixty invited guests attended. A lovely reception followed the mass that was hosted by her community.

Sr. Joan Marie has lived in Chicagoland for sixty-four years. She did her nurses training at Columbus School of Nursing and later she obtained her masters at De Paul University. She worked in pediatrics and in nursing administration.

Joan Marie was missioned to Cabrini Hospital in Seattle for a year and a half and Cabrini Hospital in Montreal, Canada for about the same amount of time.

Farewell, Sr. Joan Marie. You are loved and will be missed.



Cabrini Health Nurse Volunteers in Rwanda

Jovie Ann with childIn February 2015, Jovie Ann Decoyna, a nurse who works at Cabrini Health, Australia left for two weeks to volunteer in Rwanda. Accompanying her on the flight was the goodwill of many within the Cabrini community who had donated toys, clothes and medical supplies.

Rwanda, a central African country, remains impoverished and deeply scarred by the civil war that began in 1990, which climaxed in a frenzied period of genocide in 1994. Jovie travelled there as part of the medical program of the Global Volunteer Network and was supported by a Cabrini clinical services grant.

Jovie worked in a health centre taking blood, performing HIV tests, giving immunization protection, dressing wounds and assisting in the maternity unit. She dewormed children in a transient centre and visited women who had been victims of domestic violence. The medical supplies Jovie brought with her provided health workers there, at least for a short while, with the means to do their work as best they could. The donated clothing was distributed to the waiting arms of those who had little to call their own and whose gratitude was immense.

Until the volunteers arrived, the children’s beds in the transient centre were alive with bed bugs. Jovie was one of the volunteers who washed blanketsJovie Ann with child on back cr and sheets by hand for hours and painted the beds in preparation for a shipment of new mattresses and bedcovers. The donated toys now grace beds fit for the children and have brought joy to their lives.

Jovie was shaken by much that she saw but grateful and honoured to be able to help. She says: “During one of my dressing changes, an elderly woman came in. Her wound was almost healed but I noticed that the scar encircled the entire lower leg around the ankle. She said she sustained it during the genocide. What can you say to an elderly woman who has carried the burden of seeing the horror and atrocities of the genocide through her open wound every day for 20 years? I just went on my knees and cleaned her wound in reverent silence.”

Jovie’s work does not end in Rwanda, she volunteers weekly with Asylum Seekers.

Emerging from a battered childhood into a hopeful future at Cabrini College

Valery Swope, 18, answered her phone one afternoon in March.  It was Cabrini College telling her she had been accepted.

“I feel so great.  Oh, my Lord. I’ve got to tell everyone.

To read Valery’s amazing story of courage and perseverance and to watch a video:




Middle States Reaffirms Cabrini College Accreditation

College logo 2Cabrini College has received official notification from Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) that its accreditation has been reaffirmed and that it is being recognized for its progress. The College has been a member of MSCHE since 1965.

Cabrini College has received official notification from Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) that its accreditation has been reaffirmed and that it is being recognized for its progress. The College has been a member of MSCHE since 1965.

MSCHE’s campus visit, conducted March 22-25, 2015, was the culmination of years of institutional self-study and preparation involving the commitment of the entire campus community.

Cabrini was assessed on—and met all—14 standards for reaccreditation, which address the following criteria:

  • overall mission of the college
  • objectives and goals
  • student requirements for admissions
  • services available to students
  • quality of education
  • reputation of faculty

Visiting MSCHE members were “very impressed” by Cabrini and praised the high quality of the work demonstrated by everyone in the College community, citing Cabrini’s commitment to its mission of offering an Education of the Heart to students.

Cabrini President Dr. Donald B. Taylor congratulated all those involved in achieving this reaccreditation and recognition of progress. “So many of you worked hard, worked smart, and worked with passion. To the entire Cabrini College community, thank you for your diligent and professional effort.”

Cabrini’s next Periodic Review Report will be submitted in June of 2020; the next self-study evaluation occurs in 2024–25.

Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting body for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, MSCHE works to define, maintain, and promote educational excellence across institutions.

Laudato Si’ calls upon all global citizens to take care of our earth

THE POPE’S highly anticipated encyclical on the environment boldly tells the world that we need each other and we need nature. Among the many calls to action within LaudaPope Francis - Laudato Si'to Si’ is the call for diaglogue: “The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers. This should spur religions to dialogue among themselves for the sake of protecting nature, defending the poor, and building networks of respect and fraternity.

“Dialogue among the various sciences is likewise needed,” says Francis, “since each can tend to become enclosed in its own language. . . . An open and respectful dialogue is also needed between the various ecological movements, among which ideological conflicts are not infrequently encountered.

“The gravity of the ecological crisis demands that we all look to the common good, embarking on a path of dialogue which demands patience, self-discipline and generosity, always keeping in mind that “realities are greater than ideas.”

Cabrini Senior Housing, Seattle, Celebrates Feast

It was an ovFeast Day Masserwhelming celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus here at Cabrini Senior Housing, Seattle, WA. Before the start of the novena, I printed the novena prayers and gave a copy to all the residents who are members of the Catholic Guild that Sr. Renee started when she was here. Thanks, Sr. Renee!

I encouraged them to pray each day at their convenience. During that time, some residents came to me and shared their reflections. It was an opportunity for us to learn and share about Mother Cabrini’s reflections in relation to our experiences.

Before the novena, I was in contact with Fr. Lim William, a priest from St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Baguio City, Philippines. He knows the MSCs well and has gone to the former Casa Cabrini in Baguio City. He told me that he would be in Seattle for a day so I invited him to join our novena with the residents on June 10th. In spite of his very hectic schedule, he came and joined our novena prayer. He also gave a blessing to all of us present and blessed all the intentions the residents offered to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The feast culminated with the residents attending Mass together at St. James Cathedral.

Cabrini Health, Australia Named 2015 Corporate Citizen on Victoria Day

Cabrini Health has been named Corporate Citizen for 2015 in the Victoria Day Awards* announced today, in recognition of our community benefit program and strong standing as an employer.

At this event, Cabrini was officially represented by Richard Rogers (Chairman of the Cabrini Health Board of Directors) and his wife Ros Rogers; Dr. Michael Walsh (Chief Executive), Mary-Anne Gallagher (Executive Director, People and Culture) and Cath Garner (Executive Director, Mission and Strategy). A party from Cabrini Linen Service attended including Kevin Duong (General Manager) and staff members Meagan McInnes, Nilan Karunaratne and Elsa Chung, as well as Sue Parkes (Interim Director, Cabrini Foundation) and Jackie Meiers (Public Relations Manager).

In presenting the Victoria Day Award for Public and Community Service by a Good Corporate Citizen, Victoria Day Council Chairman Norman Kennedy described Cabrini as a “good corporate citizen” and one that supports and operates programs for disadvantaged people in their community, citing examples such as Cabrini’s support for an Indigenous tutoring program at Stonnington Primary School, CatholicCare, Very Special Kids (Malvern), Family Life (Brighton) and Sacred Heart Mission (St Kilda), as well as Cabrini’s investment in the TransAccess Mobility Support Service, the Malvern emergency food program and our new community bereavement service available through gold coin donation.

Mr. Kennedy says he was honored to introduce this year’s winners. “The Victoria Day Council each year recognizes people in the community that have gone above and beyond their contribution to the community within Victoria. On behalf of the Victoria Day Council, I thank them and congratulate them on their truly outstanding achievements.” In particular, Mr. Kennedy highlighted the Cabrini Linen Service in Dandenong South, which provides employment opportunities for people who might otherwise struggle to find employment, including recently arrived migrants, long term unemployed, homeless, at-risk youth and people who have suffered mental illness or addiction. The Cabrini Linen Service has more than 140 staff, representing 32 different cultural group, and includes 41 staff from the community where it is located.

Kevin Duong CLS landscapePictured is Kevin Duong, General Manager of the Cabrini Linen Service. Arriving in Australia as refugee, Kevin began work as a casual sorter at Cabrini Linen Service and with his own initiative and Cabrini’s support for his education, rose to become General Manager. Read more about Kevin’s story at:


Feast Day Celebration at National Shrine of St. Frances X. Cabrini

FeastoftheSacredHeartofJesus vows 6-12-2015038The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents Christ’s love for all mankind, and our devotion to it is an expression of our faith in His mercy. Our festive day began with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by Benediction. The Mass was celebrated at 4:00 that afternoon.

Rev. Ted Ploplis, Rector of the Shrine, preached the homily on the theme of opening our hearts to the love of Christ. He illustrated his theme visually through the famous sacred art work of William Holman Hunt’s painting “Christ at the Door Knocking” which hangs in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. A copy of this painting was displayed in the sanctuary during the Mass. Rev. Ted referred to Mother Cabrini’s own understanding of the Heart of Christ as the unalterable sun, aiming its radiant beam of light on our path to a life of holiness and justice.” The Missionary Sisters renewed their vows during the liturgy.

The festive Mass also debuted a new sung Mass written in honor of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini by Kevin Keil.