On February 5th, Cabrini College will observe the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. This day was designated by Pope Francis and world interfaith leaders as a day to reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, and to comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors. [Read more…]
Archives for January 2015
A Crime Against Humanity – Modern Day Slavery
Pope Francis has strongly denounced, many times, the trafficking of human beings, defining it as “a crime against humanity” and calling on everyone to get involved in looking after the victims. Responding to the Holy Father’s plea, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, has designated February 8th as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. February 8th is the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped from her home in the Sudan at age 7 and sold into slavery. Once Josephine was freed she became a Cannosian Sister and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.
The day of prayer on February 8th is intended to raise awareness of and encourage reflection on the violence and injustice that impact victims of human trafficking. [Read more…]
On Friday, January 16th, the Wolfington Center at Cabrini College hosted a fundraising gathering to benefit Cabrini Mission Corps.
Three of this year’s missioners – Martin Garcia, Matt Kaehler and Connor White – are missioned at Cabrini College. In anticipation of this event in a message to the campus community, the missioners wrote, “Each of us has chosen to offer the beginnings of our post-graduate lives to volunteering with the Cabrini Mission Corps here at [Cabrini] College, and we couldn’t be more blessed for the experience so far.
“Our service with CMC lasts for a little over 9 months – something close to 270 days. We are nearing the halfway point of our time in
community and at the College. The days are flying by. The three of us are hoping you’ll join us to celebrate a wonderful first half – and to look ahead to an even better second half.”
As part of its fundraiser anyone who donated $5 or more was welcome to wear jeans for the day and to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the Wolfington Center.
The missioners’ message continued, “In addition to the three of us ministering to the college, this year Cabrini Missioners are also working with immigration and anti-human trafficking advocacy in New York City. Cabrini Mission Corps holds such a special place in each of our hearts.
Any support through donations, big or small, helps to make these opportunities possible for future missioners.”
The missioners encouraged everyone to show off their favorite jeans, enjoy good food, good company, and help support the Cabrini Mission Corps and the impact it can have in our communities.
Given the large turnout, it was evident the missioners’ invitation was received with enthusiasm.
An extensive and historic mural restoration is underway at the St. Frances X. Cabrini Shrine in NYC
The St. Frances Cabrini Shrine in New York City is seeing a transformation! Our priceless mosaic — 123’ long and 23’ tall — is being refurbished. First, the mural is being cleaned, and then, using the original tiles from the 1957-59 creation, this irreplaceable work is being restored to its original splendor.
Although the restoration requires scaffolding and noise for our visitors, the “before and afters” are already apparent, and we all, visitors, staff and Sisters, are grateful. Much credit goes to Sr. Mary Ann Hawes, MSC for her indefatigable awareness building and fundraising for this unparalleled piece of artwork, as well as the Provincial Office’s awareness of the spiritual and artisan importance of the mural. For our many immigrant visitors and pilgrims whose native language is not English, the narrative of the mosaic tells the story of Mother Cabrini and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with no words necessary