The feature length film will simply be called “Cabrini.”
Before completing the script, executive producer J. Eustace Wolfington and screenwriter Rod Barr read 22 books on the life of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and spent time in the Vatican archives. They discovered that Mother Cabrini personally lobbied Pope Leo XIII to found her own missionary order of women religious independent of any priest, a first. When Pope Leo saw her coming he would simply [exclaim] “Cabrini,” according to Wolfington.
And that’s how the film got its title.
The hard part followed. Some $30 million needed to be raised and now with a completed script, casting can begin in March 2021.
“I would like to get across her leadership, organizational and entrepreneurial skills,” Wolfington said.
Mother Cabrini and six sisters arrived in New York City on March 31, 1889 and were turned down by Archbishop Corrigan for financial assistance and were told to return to Italy. Cabrini was also prohibited from raising funds outside the Italian community which was poor. She was shrewd enough to go to the press, which exposed the plight of the Italian immigrants to be pathetic, with many orphan children living in subhuman conditions. Then [donations] poured in and she founded orphanages, schools and hospitals.
“She had a way with people to get them on board with her vision,” said Monsignor Paul Bochicchio, now a senior priest at St. Francis Church in Hoboken, NJ, and who serves on the film’s committee.
The film will have a possible release date later next year on her November 13 feast day or in 2022.
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