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Cabrini Mission Corps: Partners in Service

Dr. Christine Pluta served as a Cabrini missioner

Dr. Christine Pluta served as a Cabrini missioner to Herrera del Duque Spain over fourteen years ago. To this day, Christine attributes her Cabrini mission experience for molding her into the person she is today, describing it as “the best year of my life.”

Collaboration with the laity goes back to the very roots of Cabrinian history.

St. Frances Cabrini made it an integral part of her life, her ministry and the congregation she founded, the

Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSCs). The MSCs continue to deepen their commitment to lay collaboration as they invite women and men to join them in their mission as “bearers of the love of Christ in the world,” through Cabrini Mission Corps (CMC).

After a process of mutual discernment with the CMC Director, Cabrini lay missioners commit to full-time service and living simply in a faith community with MSCs and sometimes with other missioners. CMC supports and accompanies each missioner by providing opportunities for spiritual growth throughout a missioner’s term of service. Over 100 missioners have served in Cabrini missions worldwide – in nine countries internationally and six U.S. cities.

Former missioner Christine Pluta was one of the first missioners to serve with the MSCs in Herrera del Duque, Spain, where she taught elementary level religion, formed high school youth groups and supported the two Cabrini Sisters she lived with in their parish ministries. Today she is a physician working at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Christine attributes her Cabrini Mission Corps experience for molding her into the person she is today: “In the homes of all Cabrini Sisters, there is a quote from St. Paul – ‘I can do all things in He who gives me strength.’ This has become my mantra.”

Cabrini Mission Corps continues the legacy of Cabrini missioners

Cabrini Mission Corps continues the legacy of Cabrini missioners, drawn to Mother Cabrini’s vision and charism, bringing their unique gifts to the work she began.

CMC missioners continue the legacy of Cabrini missioners, drawn to Mother Cabrini’s vision and charism, bringing their unique gifts to the work she began and which her Sisters and their lay collaborators continue today.

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