On the painting:
Painted with oil paint on a primed, heavyweight canvas, the painted part measures roughly 8×10, and the canvas overall at roughly 10×12. Comes with the simple wood frame shown in the photos which hangs on your wall with string threaded through the top bar. Frame is attached with magnets and provides that finishing touch besides making it possible to hang!
Can you get this painting stretched on canvas bars and traditionally framed? Probably – let me know if you do, I would love to see pictures! I do not finish them this way because the rough edge is by design and provides its own charm and character.
On the reference: Painted from one of the few surviving photos of the saint, copyright for this particular rendition remains with me, Monica Skrzypczak. Do not copy without permission, post as you would desire on social media, but be sure to tag @outpouringoftrust.sacredart
No prints will be made of any Saint paintings.
On the Saint:
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was the foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Growing up in Italy, she always wanted to be a missionary, and imagined going off to China or India. After completing her teaching certificate, she applied to the Daughters of the Sacred Heart to enter their order, but was turned down because of her frail health.
Unsure of what to go next, she taught and became Headmistress of an orphanage, loved the children, and started living like a religious. Her piety drew several other women and after ten years the Missionary Sisters were officially recognized as a new religious congregation.
Soon she petitioned the Pope to allow her to go to China on mission with her community. Pope Leo XIII instead directed her to the United States where the flood of Italian immigrants, mostly very poor, had no spiritual help and no education. This was 1889.
Frances immigrated to the United States with six of her sisters. She was immediately faced with difficulty; the Archbishop was not supportive and the orphanage that was supposed to be ready was no longer available. He insisted she return to Italy.
Undaunted, Frances eventually got his permission to find a new building for the orphanage. She moved her sisters in, started taking on abundant orphans, and created catechism and education classes for the Italian immigrants.
And that was just the start.
Constantly resourceful in finding people to donate time, money, materials, and support, she founded more schools and orphanages, and also multiple hospitals, all across the United States.
In total, she founded 67 insitutions in the US, Latin America, and Europe before her death in 1917, just 35 years after she founded the order.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us!