Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini: The Iconography

In Chicago, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin, Foundress of the Institute of Missionaries of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was known for humility, boundless charity, and unconquered fortitude of soul. Pope Pius XII placed her in the catalog of saints with God in Heaven and patroness of all emigrants. – Roman Martyrology for December 22

Foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, St. Frances Cabrini was sent to the United States by Leo XIII to serve Italian immigrants. In the U.S. "Mother Cabrini" founded numerous schools, hospitals, and orphanages. In images she wears the habit of her order. Other than that she has no fixed iconography.

Prepared in 2013 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University


Portrait of Frances Cabrini in Santa Maria della Luce, Rome


  • Feast day: December 22
  • Lived 1850-1917