The Foundation’s History

When Frances Cabrini began her work and founded her religious congregation at the end of the 19th century, she had no institutions, buildings, corporations or employees. She did not report to any boards of trustees; nor did she worry about personnel policies, payroll, funding, accreditation or financial viability. She did, however, have followers – and she always had friends on whom she depended for the moral and financial support she needed to make her work possible.

Today, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC) embody the values of their order’s foundress, working together to alleviate human misery, transform unjust social structures, and become a voice for the voiceless. However, constant development over time has altered the nature of demands on financial and human resources, driving the 112 Sisters who serve in the Stella Maris Province to seek new and innovative approaches to expand the scope of Cabrini programs and institutions.

Cabrini Mission Foundation was established in 1998 in response to the extraordinary challenge of this generation of MSCs to lay a foundation for a new Cabrinian family while addressing the vital needs of society. Through a unique collaboration of Sisters and laity, and with the help of both new and long-standing Cabrini supporters, the Foundation fosters Mother Cabrini’s legacy and lifelong commitment to the dignity, nurturing and acceptance of people worldwide, securing the vision of Mother Cabrini for generations to come.