The baptismal certificate of Maria Francesca Cabrini. Daughter of Augustino and Stella Oldini. Born on the 15th day of July 1850. Godmother Angela Oldini of Rombi. Signed by the parish priest. Born two months premature and expected not to survive, Maria Francesca was baptized the same day of her birth.
The youngest of 11 children, Maria Francesca was born into a family of peasant farmers. Known as Cecchina or "Chatterbox," she was small and weak and longed to be a missionary in China. Who would have thought seeing the photograph of this girl that she would one day become a saint? The photograph, made around 1860, shows Francesca Xavier Cabrini.
This memorial card is a reproduction of a black and white photograph taken of Mother Cabrini in 1880 when she was 30 years old. Card was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Inmaculata School in Nicaragua, along with the 25th anniversary of the canonization of Mother Cabrini as the Patron Saint of Immigrants.
The small travel utensils carried by St. Mother Cabrini throughout her travels.
The ship, S.S. La Bourgogne, that carried Mother Cabrini and her companions on their first journey to America.
Mother Cabrini is next to two postulates in white veils in the back row. Orphanage in New York City, N.Y. circa 1890. Photograph is published in Mother Cabrini: Italian Immigrant of the Century by Mary Louise Sullivan MSC. Copyright 1992 by the Center of Migration Studies.
This is a reproduction of the last known photograph of Mother Cabrini, taken at the ceremonies that marked the opening of Sacred Heart School in Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, New York, in 1914. This celebration coincided with the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart's arrival in America.
Formal portrait taken in 1905 at the inauguration of Columbus Hospital in Chicago.
The passenger manifest that lists St. Mother Cabrini, Sr. Antony and Sr. Mary's arrival in New York a few weeks before the Titanic sinks.
The S.S. Berlin that transported St. Mother Cabrini and her companions, rather than the ill-fated Titanic, which they would have been aboard had they not left earlier.
Titanic leaving Belfast with two guiding tugs visible (actually there were five tugs used).
Mother Cabrini became a naturalized citizen in Seattle, Washington, on October 9, 1909. The document certifies that Cabrini is 59 years old; 5 feet in height; color - white; complexion - fair; color of eyes - blue; color of hair - blonde, with no visible distinguishing marks. The complexion, eye, and hair color witness that Francesca Cabrini was born in Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, in Italy's northern Lombardy region. Citizenship expressed her solidarity with the immigrants she served, guaranteed the welfare of her institute after her death, and upon canonization granted her the title of First American Saint.