Our Lady of Mercy Academy to Cabrini University’s School of Education
to St. Frances Cabrini Regional Catholic School.
In 2020, the 4th and 6th grade students of Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Forest Hills, NY, created a wonderful artistic rendition of Mother Cabrini under the tutelage of Anna Marie Prono, playwright and artist. In 2021, Anna Marie was looking for a home for the mosaic artwork and connected with Sister Christine Marie Baltas, MSC at Cabrini University. Sr. Christine Marie worked with Dr. Beverly Bryde, former Dean of the School of Education at the University, to find a place for this symbolic piece in the School of Education to represent all children young and old who are educated by the charism of Mother Cabrini’s Education of the Heart.
With Cabrini University closing in 2024, Sr. Christine and Beverly found the perfect home for this special piece of children’s artwork at the St. Frances Cabrini Regional Catholic School in Philadelphia, formerly known as the St. Donato’s School where Sr. Christine Marie once served as principal. St. Donato’s School was founded by Mother Cabrini. St. Frances Cabrini Regional Catholic School is now part of the Independent Mission Schools in Philadelphia. Currently, Ms. Van Robinson serves as principal and welcomed the artwork into their school. On November 9th, Sr. Christine Marie and Beverly met with the principal and Cabrini alumni teaching at the school to share this magnificent mosaic and plaque.
This is all a wonderful way to share the charism of Mother Cabrini from the creative hands of the 4th and 6th graders in one school in 2020, to touch the lives of educators at the Cabrini University School of Education in 2021 and now to have the welcoming hands from a principal and Cabrini alumni in the St. Frances Cabrini Regional Catholic School. From School to School to School, hands, lives and hearts are connected by the charism of Mother Cabrini.