Saint Frances Cabrini, 1850–1917
Saint Frances Cabrini lived in Italy. She wanted to go to China to teach the Chinese people about God. Pope Leo XIII asked her to go to the United States instead. Mother Frances had a choice. She decided to obey the Pope. She left Italy and went to the United States where she built schools, orphanages, and hospitals.
Discuss: Talk about a hard choice you had to make.
Saint Frances Cabrini lived in Italy. She asked the Pope if she could go to China. She wanted to teach the Chinese people about God. Pope Leo XIII told her no. But he said she could go the United States. Mother Frances had a choice. She could obey the Pope or she could try to go to China. She decided to obey. She left Italy and went to the United States where she built schools, orphanages, and hospitals. She was the first American to be canonized.
Saint Frances is the patron of immigrants and hospital administrators. She was the youngest of thirteen children. During her time in the United States, she traveled almost every year to Italy to bring back more sisters to her congregation. She did this even though she was scared of the ocean!
Explain to the child that Saint Frances Cabrini chose to do what her protector told her to do rather than what she really wanted to do. It is a lot like a child and his or her parents and the choice to obey or not.