With a cheerful “heart” theme for the day, eighty high school junior girls participated in a Gift of Mission vocation awareness program held in Immaculata, PA, sponsored by an intercongregational team of vocation directors – including the Missionary Sisters – from the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC). Young ladies from Bishop Shanahan H.S., West Chester, PA; Mount St. Joseph Academy, Chestnut Hill, PA; York Catholic H.S., York, PA; and Glouscester Catholic H.S., Glouscester City, NJ entered into a fun and interactive day learning about vowed religious life, prayer, and ministry.
About World Day for Consecrated Life
In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.
World Day for Consecrated Life is celebrated on February 2nd however, it is observed in parishes on the Sunday after February 2nd. In 2019, this day is celebrated in parishes on February 2-3.
~by Katie Honan, WALL STREET JOURNAL
Across New York City, there are nearly 150 statues that honor men and just five dedicated to women.
A citywide initiative plans to shift the ratio and will start with a statue of Shirley Chisholm, the first black congresswoman in the U.S., who represented New York’s 12 congressional district which at the time was centered in Brooklyn.
The statue honoring Ms. Chisholm who ran for president in 1972, is the first selected through a city-led initiative called She Built NYC, which was created to commission a public monument or piece of art that honors women’s history.
In June, the city asked New Yorkers to submit nominations of inspirational and influential women. They received 326 eligible nominations representing a diverse list of women, from celebrities to schoolteachers to suffragettes.
The woman who received the most nominations through She Built NYC was St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, known as Mother Cabrini, who founded the Missionary Sisters and was a supporter of Italian immigrants. Author and activist Jane Jacobs came in second, and Ms. Chisholm came in third. [Read more…]
The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Cabrini Mission Foundation Board of Trustees invite you to celebrate
The Spirit of Christmas at Rockefeller Plaza
Enjoy Hors d’Oeuvres, Open Bar, Buffet Dinner and Dessert
Today is the Feast Day of Mother Cabrini. It is the day on which celebrations will take place throughout the Institute.
On Saturday, September 15,
Tigist Loja, Ayantu Bishaka, MSC candidates, and Sr. Lucy Panettieri, MSC, participated in an Intercultural Day titled “Roots and Wings” sponsored by the Brooklyn Diocese with Sr. Annmarie Seton LoPiccolo SC, Vicar for Religious.
Sr. Marisel Mora made her first profession of vows on August 11, 2018 with her family and Missionary Sisters in attendance. Sr. Marisel did her novitiate in West Park, NY but decided to take her vows in Collegio Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart), a beautiful church in her hometown. [Read more…]
The Sacred Heart of Jesus was transformational in the life of Frances Cabrini. She experienced a powerful, personal experience of God’s love as it was lived and symbolized in the life and heart of Jesus. She was on fire with that love. She experienced Jesus not only as one who was loved by God and who loved her, but also as one who was missioned or sent to share that love. This experience created in her an intimate personal relationship with Jesus and, at the same time, sent Frances out to the ends of the earth as a missionary of the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
An unwavering hope in Jesus was the foundation of her life: confidence, trust, simplicity and security – not in her own powers, but in the one who loved her. I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13) was the central focus of her life.
Love, passionately expressed in her intimate, prayerful dialogue with Jesus, was made visible in concrete actions for others.
Her deep and abiding love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is Frances Cabrini’s legacy to us – a living interplay of faith, hope, and love that is a dynamic source of energy and power.
Feast Day celebrations took place throughout the Guadalupe Province as the Missionary Sisters renewed their vows and Cabrini Lay Missionaries renewed their commitments.
The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus rejoice in God for the gift of the three new sisters, Bekelech Bassa, Meseret Nagamo and Shiaye Esayas, who pronounced their vows on May 19, 2018, in Dubbo, Ethiopia.
Father Samuel, a Salesian priest and friend, who presided at the celebration, spoke deeply about the missionary life highlighting that making vows is for mission. “Go out and follow Jesus as a unique model.”
The parents and relatives of the three new sisters came to celebrate with them as well as the Missionary Sisters, MSC candidates, aspirants, the parish priests of the new MSCs, our Capuchine brothers and many collaborators of our mission in Dubbo. After ceremony we had a wonderful lunch, with song, dance and joy. The MSCs entrust these three sisters into God’s hands and rely on the protection of Saint Frances Cabrini. May the Beloved Jesus bless them, give them strength and wisdom, Cabrinian humility and simplicity to serve Jesus through the poor, as well as to the whole Institute of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May we continue to support these new sisters so that they can announce, with joy, God’s love all over the world, wherever they are sent especially among the poorest people.
All three of the new MSCs were missioned to Swaziland at the end of their profession of vows.
In this special feast of the Ascension, in the Ethiopian Calendar, the Missionary Sisters of Sacred Heart thank the Lord for the gift of the Cabrinian consecrated life in the Church and trust as the loving Mother Cabrini trusted: “I can do all things in He who strengthens me” and ‘All for the great honor and glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”.
One hundred years after her death, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, still keeps watch at Cabrini High School. Her presence has been highlighted in a permanent exhibit of her life in New Orleans on the school’s Esplanade Avenue campus.
The idea for the exhibit dawned on Jack Truxillo when he became president of Cabrini High School a few years ago and he realized that many of Mother Cabrini’s artifacts were scattered around campus.
A more fitting home was in order, he though considering the contributions St. Cabrini had made in the lives of so many through her establishment of orphanages, schools, hospitals and clinics worldwide.
Truxillo chose a little-used room overlooking Esplanade Avenue and began in late 2016 assembling the pieces which were relics since she either touched or wore them. A timeline of her life was written and the room was formally unveiled on March 13 at a benefactors’ reception.
Among Mother Cabrini’s relics are her habit, cape, umbrella and shoes, a head garment and veil, a fan, a desk statue, rosary, reading glasses, sewing scissors, pocket watch, personal prayer cards, a Canal Louisiana Bank & Trust Company bank book, and an orphanage checkbook signed by Mother Cabrini.
It’s very special and an honor to have these artifacts of a saint who actually stayed, prayed and ministered in this very building,” Truxillo said. “Ourstudents, faculty, staff and administration get to experience this every day, and we want to share it with
To read the entire article: https://clarionherald.org/2018/05/03/tribute-room-to-mother-cabrini-open-to-public/
~ by Christine Bordelon of the Clarion Herald