Cabrini feast day celebrated with November events
Cabrini High School students and administrators laid a wreath Nov. 13 at the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini statue on Canal Boulevard at Harrison Avenue to commemorate her feast day. The statue was erected in 1949 by an affiliate of the Knights of Columbus. Pictured are seniors Scarlett Scalise and Deborah Alvarenga, principal Yvonne Hrapmann and president Ardley Hanemann Jr. Mother Cabrini, the school’s founder who came to New Orleans in 1892, was honored on campus throughout the week with a gala and Mass. Her lifetime of service to others was recognized as was the religious order she founded – the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – the first missionary order for women approved by the Catholic Church. She was America’s first citizen saint, responsible for opening 67 schools, orphanages and hospitals during her lifetime, including Cabrini High. Today, more than 100 institutions bearing her name are serving women, children, immigrants and the needy on five continents.