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MOTHER CABRINI

Los Angeles Herald, November 12, 1905 - The twenty-fifth anniversary of the organization of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated in Los Angeles with solemn services next Tuesday, which will be participated in by many of the clergy of the diocese.

For the first time in the history of Los Angeles the silver Jubilee of the founder of a religious order will be celebrated here, with the founder and superior general of the order as a guest of the local convent. Rev. Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, who is at present in Los Angeles, started the order of the Missionary Sisters twenty-five years ago with two other young women near Milan, Italy. During the time intervening the order has spread to all parts of the world until today it has over 1000 members and forty-five convents, academies, orphanages and hospitals.

Mother Cabrini is a remarkable woman, and it is due to her energetic efforts that the order has been able to accomplish such a large amount of good. She was first sent to America sixteen years ago by Pope Leo XIII, to care for the Italian immigrants. Since that time she has organized twenty Institutions in this country, the latest of which is the school and orphanage here which will be formally opened at the jubilee services. It was ardently wished by the present Pope that Mother Cabrini should be at the mother house in Rome for the celebration, but on account of arranging for the local orphanage she found it an impossibility. In lieu of an audience the Pope sent her an autograph letter of congratulation and extending his apostolic blessing. The letter, which is as follows, will be treasured by the order: "To my beloved daughter, Frances Xavier Cabrini, superior general of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and to all the sisters of this religious order: On this occasion of their silver jubilee, with the wish that the Lord may give to all the dearest consolation in their work of religion and charity, we impart with all our heart the apostolic blessing. (Signed) PIUS. P. P. X.," Rev. Mgr. Harnett, V. G., will celebrate solemn mass Tuesday morning in the chapel, after which he will bless the building. The monsignor will also preach at the benediction service that afternoon at 4 o'clock.

The order has recently purchased "Edgemont," corner Hill Street and Sunset Boulevard, which will be converted into an industrial school for girls and an orphanage. It will be rechristened "La Casa de Regina Coeli." Here the girls will be taught domestic arts, each according to her talents. It is the custom of this order not to turn out the girls at the age of eleven or fourteen years but to keep them until they are thoroughly trained, and then find good positions for them. In the meantime the sisters act as mothers to the orphans in their care. Mother Cabrini will soon return to Rome to be present at the dedication of the Church of the Holy Redeemer, which she has had built with money given the order by Pope Leo XIII on his last jubilee.