This poetic 2017 documentary -- written & directed by Lucia Mauro and filmed during Mother Cabrini's Centenary Year -- presents a living portrait of the Italy-born humanitarian that showcases her relevance and global reach in an ever-changing world. The Patron Saint of Immigrants and Hospital Administrators is explored as a fearless, roll-up-her-sleeves woman who, despite frail health, traveled the world at the turn of the 20th century to serve the less fortunate. It shows the environment in Lombardy, Italy that shaped her compassionate vision, as well as her international mission, and includes interviews with individuals from all walks of life, who carry on Mother Cabrini’s work today.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) is the first naturalized American Citizen Saint, who founded 67 institutions – schools, orphanages, hospitals, novitiates – across Europe, the United States, South America and Central America. She is the foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who have a presence on six continents and in 15 countries.
Her universal story is told through actor reenactments, interviews, archival material and sweeping footage of the art and architecture related to the life of one of history’s most tireless and compassionate advocates for the sick, the poor, the vulnerable, children and immigrants.
Enzo De Rosa’s original music acts as a central narrator, with footage of a live performance by Il Grande Coro di Roma singing De Rosa’s Hymn to Mother Cabrini at the Church of St. Alessio in Rome.