The Word Among Us

June 2011 Issue

Doing What Needed to Be Done

The Life of Mother Cabrini

By: Ann Bottenhorn

The nineteenth century was an age of grand accomplishment: electricity, telegraph and telephone, automobiles. Perhaps some of the most astonishing accomplishments, however, came from a diminutive, frail Italian woman. In twenty-seven short years, she established sixty-seven schools, orphanages, and hospitals.

She founded a religious order worldwide that, at her death, numbered nearly two thousand. She did it all simply by “doing the work that...

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