A Novena to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

That we may understand God's will for us

Mother Cabrini
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), known as Mother Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was canonized in 1946. (Photo c. 1900.). Archive Photos/Getty Images

Though born two months prematurely and sickly throughout her young life, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini accomplished great deeds on three continents (Europe, North America, and South America) through the strength of her faith. The founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mother Cabrini (as she was known) ministered to Italian immigrants to the United States (and other poor across the country) through the establishment of schools and hospitals. Though born in Italy, Mother Cabrini became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1909 and the first American saint in 1946.

In this novena to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, we ask her to intercede for us, so that our prayers may be answered, and that we will understand God's will for our lives.

Novena to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Almighty and Eternal Father, Giver of all Gifts, show us Your mercy, and grant, we beseech You, through the merits of Your faithful Servant, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, that all who invoke her intercession may obtain what they desire according to the good pleasure of Your Holy Will.

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O Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, mindful of Your bountiful goodness and love, deign, we implore You, through the tender devotion of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini for Your Sacred Heart, to hear our prayers and grant our petitions.

O God, the Holy Spirit, Comforter of the afflicted, Fountain of Light and Truth, through the ardent zeal of Your humble handmaid, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, grant us Your all-powerful aid in our necessities, sanctify our souls and fill our minds with Divine Light that we may see the Holy Will of God in all things.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, beloved spouse of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, intercede for us that the favor we now ask may be granted.

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