Cabrini University celebrated Mother Cabrini’s 171st birthday in traditional fashion with cake, candles and ice cream.
To duly commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Canonization of Mother Cabrini at the Vatican on July 7, 1946, the members of the Cabrini University community gathered to offer a celebratory toast on this historic occasion. Holy Spirit Library Director Anne Schwelm provided a display of historic photos of the canonization for all to view during the ceremony.
Opening remarks were given by Angela Campbell, PhD, Vice-President of Mission, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Student Engagement. Dr. Campbell expressed her appreciation of and commitment to the Cabrinian mission and the many blessings it has afforded her.
Following her remarks, Sr. Christine Marie Baltas, MSC, Campus Ministry Associate, offered a toast giving thanks for the life of Mother Cabrini and the lay collaborators who continue the Cabrinian mission each day. Cheers!
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Funds New Mother Cabrini Exhibition
A federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will fund the next phase in a Cabrini-led effort to digitize and exhibit artifacts telling the life story of University namesake Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. Totaling nearly $150,000, the grant affords access to critical hardware, software, and data storage tools, as well as professional photography, supporting the creation of an online exhibition titled “America’s First Citizen Saint: The Saint Frances Cabrini Collection.”
“Everyone can relate to something in Mother Cabrini’s life, whether it’s her spirituality, love for Christ, or her work with immigrants, the poor, and orphans,” said Anne Schwelm, Director of the University’s Holy Spirit Library. “It’s such a compelling story, and this project will help it to be told.”
The project is expected to be completed in spring 2024, though the Holy Spirit Library began digitally cataloging photographs, portraits, letters, and other documents related to Mother Cabrini for The Cabriniana Collection in 2019. Much of the work to date has been supported through contributions to a fund named in honor of Sister Mary Louise Sullivan, MSC, PhD (’63), a former Cabrini President and Mother Cabrini historian.
While the collection resembles a digital catalog at this phase in its development, Schwelm said the NEH grant will allow us to expand from this foundation and “enable us to really create a digital exhibition that links the artifacts and puts them together to tell [Mother Cabrini’s] story.”
Schwelm said there is interest in collaborating with other archivists to link together Mother Cabrini’s archives with those of other saints. “We’d love to see this as one component of digitizing America’s saints,” she said.
The project has roots in academia, but Schwelm said she sees it making a broader impact in K–12 education, as well as with anyone who has an interest in American history. She said the collection’s primary sources offer an important look into the anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic prejudices Mother Cabrini faced, while underscoring students’ broader diversity, equity, and inclusion education.
Requests for access to artifacts have already come from Mother Cabrini shrines in New York City, Chicago, and Denver. In addition to the “First Citizen Saint” digital exhibition, the project will also be available through digital portals, including the Catholic Resources Research Alliance and Digital Public Library.
“The digital collection is so important because it will make the story of Saint Frances Cabrini and her legacy available to anyone who may be seeking information about her online,” said Christine Marie Baltas, MSC (’66), when the Cabriniana Collection opened in 2019.
The Cabrini University Alumni Board Members are thrilled to announce that Evarlyne Ndeti is the 2021 Mother Ursula Award Winner. Below is a note of thanks from Evarlyne.
Dear Cabrini Community,
I cannot express how grateful I am to have spent my four years on campus with you all. It has been a blessing and I want to thank each one of you for making me feel at home. I appreciate all the love, care and support you have showered upon me over the years, and I pray that God will reward you for that. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the MSCs all over the world and to my family back in Kenya, because without their blessings I could not be here with you.
To my fellow classmates of 2021, I would love to thank you all for being such caring and wonderful companions since our freshman year. Thank you for impacting my life and for the great friendship that I share with many of you. To all the sophomores, juniors, and seniors to be, it has been great getting to know you, especially those I met through Orientation and Campus Ministry. Thank you for being a part of me, and know that you will always have a very special place in my heart.
To all my professors, thank you for being so understanding and helping me to learn more about myself as a student, the courses you have taught me, and life in general. Your care and compassion toward my success will always remain a source of joy in both my missionary life and in my career path. Thank you for sharing your gifts, talents, and knowledge through the education of the heart.
This Mother Ursula Award and other awards I have received from Cabrini over the past years will always remain very dear to me. They will be a reminder of how wonderful Cabrini University members are and the hard work they put in to ensure that everyone is motivated and doing their best.
I cannot forget to give a shout out to these wonderful students: – Samar Dahleh, David DelPo, Rocio Gonzalez-Rojas, Kayla Hunt, Kaitlyn Lannon, Amanda Lynn, Mark Phillips, Ashley Tutzauer, and Aislinn Walsh, who were also nominated for the Mother Ursula Award. Shout out to all the leaders on campus, you have done an amazing job at Cabrini through your leadership roles, and I want to applaud you for that. Please know that you are loved and highly appreciated for all that you do.
Thank you seniors, staff, and faculty, for nominating me for this award of Mother Ursula, and the entire Cabrini University community for giving me the opportunity to serve you and learn from the experience. My heart is full of gratitude and love for all of you.
We are very proud of and grateful for the students of Cabrini University’s ECG 200, Voices for the Voiceless class. They helped organize a Human Trafficking Awareness walk at Cabrini University on April 26 and had “stations” where they shared much info on Human Trafficking. Guilherme “G” Lopes, Campus Ministry, gave the reflection and closing prayer by Sr. Veronica Piccone, MSC. The entire Cabrini U. men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, as well as, field hockey team members were in attendance and were joined by many other students and staff from the University community.
The “station speakers” reported that they have learned so much about Human Trafficking from this class and that their efforts will not end when they graduate! They will continue to due be part of ending human trafficking. What wonderful examples they are of Cabrini University’s theme, “Live with Purpose”!
Cabrini University’s annual Give Love, Give Socks, Give Hope drive helped The Joy of Sox reach a notable milestone: With its delivery on Saturday, Feb. 13 to Prevention Point Philadelphia in Kensington, PA, the Radnor-based nonprofit has donated a half million pairs of socks since 2010. In the past four years, Cabrini has contributed 6,000 pairs of socks to The Joy of Sox’s donation efforts in the Philadelphia area.
Cabrini’s Give Love, Give Socks, Give Hope campaign, held in early February to align with Socks for the Homeless Day on Feb. 14, raises funds for not only The Joy of Sox’s many sock donations in Pennsylvania and around the United States, but also for the University’s Wolfington Center, which fosters community-based learning through Catholic social teaching in the spirit of Mother Cabrini. Since 2017, Cabrini students, alumni, staff and Missionary Sisters have been among those who have volunteered to package and deliver socks on behalf of The Joy of Sox.
“The Cabrini community’s commitment to service is integral to the University’s Education of the Heart and we are proud to support the impactful work of organizations within our community like The Joy of Sox,” said Ray Ward, PhD, Director of the Wolfington Center. “It is an honor to have played a part in this milestone of 500,000 pairs of socks donated to those experiencing homelessness. I am also grateful to the donors whose contributions to the Give Love, Socks, Hope
fundraiser will support further service opportunities for Cabrini students through the Wolfington Center.”
Founded by Cabrini College alumna Nancy Gorevin Costello (ʼ71) and her husband Tom Costello Jr. (HONʼ11), The Joy of Sox receives donations of new socks and raises funds to purchase new socks which are then delivered to homeless shelters and clinics throughout the United States and as far away as Uganda and Afghanistan. The organization has succeeded in making ‘Socks for the Homeless Day’ a recognized observance in five states, including Pennsylvania.
“We observe Socks for the Homeless Day in mid-February as a way to increase winter-time charitable giving, which traditionally drops off after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays,” said Tom Costello, Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox. “As we reflect on our 10th anniversary and this milestone of 500,000 pairs of socks donated, we express sincere gratitude for the continued service of countless volunteers and key partners like Cabrini and its mission-driven community.”
Prevention Point Director of Community Engagement and Volunteer Services, Clayton Ruley, said Saturday’s milestone donation comes at an ideal time for the city’s unhoused population. “We take for granted that we’re able to change our socks on a daily basis, but that’s just not the case for a lot of people we work with,” Ruley said. “In the cold months, if homeless people can’t change their socks, it leads to illness and disease that the cold and wetness brings.”
~ with abundant thanks to Steve Highsmith, Jackie Marciano, Matt Nestor, Emily Rowan and John Verdi
for their help in initiating, orchestrating and publicizing the Give Love, Give Socks, Give Hope campaign.
Cabrini University is celebrating Black History Month with a month-long series of discussions and activities that will showcase Black talent and culture, while also gathering the community to examine Black history, its champions for justice, and its connections to the present day.
“Understanding American history is one of the most powerful tools we have to combat the inequities of the present moment,” said José Rodriguez, Chief Diversity Officer. “I’m proud of this wide range of programming produced by our Cabrini community to encourage a better understanding of the contributions of our past and present members from our Black/African American communities.”
Events will be both virtual and in-person and will highlight Black art, music, and creativity, while examining issues of faith, injustice, violence, and racism. The month’s programming is a community-wide effort by the Office of University Diversity Initiatives (OUDI), the Black Student Union, Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL), the Holy Spirit Library, various academic departments, and Cabrini Athletics, among others.
“Cabrini’s faculty, staff, and students are engaged in conversations to promote the healing that needs to happen in the country, particularly after the events of last summer and the impact of COVID,” said Chioma Ugochukwu, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Black History Month has always been seen nationally as an opportunity to shed light on the challenges and struggles of African Americans, but beyond that, this month is also important to highlight the achievements of African Americans.”
The full and detailed listing of Black History Month events is available on the OUDI website.
The year 2020 has been a year of many firsts. On Tuesday, November 17th, we held our first Cabrini CLM Chat via Zoom. Participants were invited to bring along their lunch and join in the conversation.
Lorraine Campanelli, the Director of the Cabrini Lay Missionaries (CLMs), spoke to a group of administrators, faculty and staff from Cabrini University, and other invited guests. The lunch time meeting opened with a beautiful prayer given by Sr. Grace Waters, MSC, followed by an introduction of Lorraine by Sr. Christine Marie Baltas, MSC
Lorraine presented information about the CLMs and how they are integral members of the Cabrini Family. She spoke about their initial formation period and the journey to making a commitment as a CLM. The participants offered wonderful comments and questions for Lorraine.
In addition to the formal presentation segment of the brown bag lunch meeting, the participants enjoyed seeing each other and having some informal, friendly conversation. There was such a beautiful spirit amongst everyone. Because of COVID, many people had not seen each other, especially in-person, in a long time. It was energizing to reconnect virtually.
Thank you to Sr. Grace, Sr. Christine Marie and Nancy Costello for arranging the meeting and inviting us to attend. Thank you, also, to Nancy Golen, the Director of the Cabrini Retreat Center in Chicago, for providing the Zoom technology. And, of course, a big thank you to all those who participated in the discussion. ~ submitted by Lorraine Campanelli, CLM Director
For those interested in learning more about the CLMs and their ministries, kindly contact:
Lorraine Campanelli: Email: email@example.com Phone: 914-907-0143
We are very proud and grateful for the students of Cabrini University’s ECG 200, Voices for the Voiceless class. They helped organize a Human Trafficking Awareness Walk at Cabrini University on November 10 (Cabrini Day) and had “stations” where they shared info on Human Trafficking. The students in this class have become abolitionists and we know they are going to continue to be voices for the voiceless!
~ The Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education, Cabrini Action and Advocacy Coalition, and ECG 200 Voice for Voiceless-Anti-Human Trafficking Class
Some topics discussed:
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, in which people are controlled and exploited for profit. Perpetrators use force, fraud, and/or coercion to manipulate and establish control over individuals.
Types of Trafficking:
Various forms of trafficking exist around the world, including forced labor, sex trafficking, child labor, forced marriage, and child soldiers.
In 2019, 11,500 situations of human trafficking were reported to the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. These situations involved 22,326 individual survivors; nearly 4,384 traffickers and 1,912 suspicious businesses. Human trafficking is very much under reported. Shocking as these numbers are, they are likely only a fraction of the actual problem.
Trafficked persons often have limited access to basic necessities such as safety, food, sleep, hygiene, and medical care.
Learn everything you can about human trafficking and share that info with your friends, neighbors, family members; donate to organization’s who help trafficked victims & volunteer for them:
Please place the National Human Trafficking Hotline # in your cell phone 1-888-3737-888 and report suspected cases.
Hosted by Dr. Nick Rademacher, on Wednesday, September 23rd, the Religious Studies Department of Cabrini University held a virtual conversation via Zoom with Brother Mickey McGrath on the history and contemporary relevance of Dark Madonnas in the Catholic artistic tradition. Dark Madonnas have been revered and venerated in the Catholic Church for many centuries. Many saints, including Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, and Francis deSales made pilgrimages to the shrines of Dark Madonnas where they experienced spiritual healing and transformation. In recent years, there has been newfound interest and devotion to Mary the Dark Madonna in the face of rampant racism, war and violence, misogyny, the worldwide immigration crisis, and the devastation of creation and the environment.
Br. Mickey McGrath, Oblate of St. Francis deSales is an artist, writer, and speaker who loves to explore the relationship between art and faith. His work and ministry have been featured in the Saint Anthony Messenger, USA Today and many Catholic newspaper articles around the country.
The Zoom conversation was a follow-up to Brother Mickey’s exhibit in Cabrini University’s Gorevin Gallery held during the during the Spring 2020 in conjunction with the University’s Graphic Design and Fine Arts Department.