Since its inception 24 years ago, the offices of Cabrini Mission Corps (CMC) have been based on the campus of Cabrini College. As Cabrini Mission Corps’ time of service draws to a close, CMC Director Gina Scarpello, in consultation with the Provincial Council, wanted to commemorate the presence of Cabrini Mission Corps on the Radnor campus in a meaningful and enduring manner.
Given the picturesque and sylvan campus, Gina thought it would be lovely to plant a tree in honor of CMC. This would be a long-lasting tribute to all those who have been an integral part of the Mission Corps and it would serve as a beautifully “green” way of thanking the Cabrini College community for their support and hospitality throughout the years.
With the blessing of Cabrini College President Dr. Don Taylor, and the collaboration of the College’s Grounds Manager Gus Feudale and his staff, the perfect spot was chosen for three crape myrtle trees. The new plantings will surround a statue of Mother Cabrini that has been in place on the campus since 1961 that bears the inscription, “In Memory of Manlio Mevoglioni”. This inscription, researched by Assistant Library Director Anne Schwelm, was referenced in the 1961 Cabrini College yearbook along with a photo of the statue with the accompanying wording “Compliments of Mr. and Mrs. Renzo Mevoglioni”. At this point, not much else is known about the origin of the statue.
Over the years, the original shrubbery that had been planted grew tall and eventually surrounded the statue making Mother Cabrini seem somewhat remote and inaccessible. With the gift of these new plantings, the garden, located right in the heart of campus, has been reimagined and the statue of Mother Cabrini has been restored to its original beauty making it a spot that will invite visitors and the campus community to pause, pray and enter into conversation with Mother Cabrini. And, isn’t that just what Cabrini Mission Corps has always been about?