“I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him .”
Saint Frances was born in 1850 to wealthy farmers in Italy. At the age of 20, she left the farm to become a teacher. A few short years later, she took religious vows as a sister. After working to save a struggling orphanage, Frances decided to start her own religious order, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.
In the late 1880’s, word traveled from America to Frances in Italy about the many problems Italian immigrants were facing as they tried to make it in the New World. Most were facing worse poverty in America than they did in Italy. Frances realized she was needed and set out for America.
Over the next thirty-seven years, Frances’ corporal works of mercy were spread out across the world. She started schools, orphanages, and hospitals in New York, Nicaragua, Peru, and Chicago among many other American cities and foreign countries. In between her trips among the Americas, Frances would travel back to Italy to organize more nuns to help her mission in the Americas.
The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart continued to grow under Frances’ leadership. At the time of her death at age 67, there were 50 houses of sisters teaching, caring for orphans, and running hospitals.
▪ Patron Saint of Immigrants
▪ Canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 7, 1946
▪ First American Citizen to Become a Saint
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