Cabrini & Missionary Spirit: Papal Mention, Planned Event

Author: Bill Schmitt

Pope Francis chose January 15, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, as an opportunity to mention St. Frances Xavier Cabrini as a role model for those who go to society's margins with a true missionary spirit, as reported by Crux.

Because it was a timely reminder to celebrate this determined saint, who wrote in 1887 that “the world is too small to limit ourselves to one point;" we offer today this reminder of the International Symposium the Cushwa Center will host at Notre Dame on April 6-8, 2017. The event will honor the centenary of Cabrini's death and the endurance of a missionary spirit with global impact. .

The conference, "Too Small a World: Catholic Sisters as Global Missionaries," is now open for registration through the Cushwa website. Cabrini, a naturalized American citizen, founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a congregation that reached out to many parts of the world. Over the course of the last four centuries, hundreds of thousands of vowed Catholic women in many religious orders left their home countries to serve people in schools, hospitals, and other institutions.

An international group of scholars will gather at Notre Dame to consider many aspects of the worldwide work of these sisters and their significance in the history of the Catholic Church.

See the remarks of Pope Francis for this World Day of Migrants and Refugees.