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!