This week the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (the USCCB) began their plenary session on Mother Cabrini’s feast day. The homily at the opening Mass by the president of the USCCB, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, mentioned Mother Cabrini several times. He concluded by saying, “Saint Frances Cabrini even obliged the poor to give from their poverty to help those more needy than they. It was also a way of insisting on the dignity of all and the common responsibility for others. It is a message that is very appropriate today and every day…Charity demands our attention to the little ones, the weak, the simple, fraternal correction and unlimited pardon to those who ask.”
The stained-glass image of Mother Cabrini at St. Frances Cabrini Shrine in NYC was included on the slides used at the plenary session. Each bishop attending received prayer cards from the Shrine: one with a Cabrini prayer of thanksgiving for receiving communion, and one designed for use by new migrants containing the location of each of the three shrines.