first citizen of the United States of America to be declared a saint. 1
When Bishop Matz of Denver suggested that boys and girls be housed in separate orphanages, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth sent some of the girls under their care at Mount St. Vincent’s Home to Mother Cabrini’s orphanage. 2
In her entry about the canonization, the SCL community chronicler noted personal ties between individual Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and Mother Cabrini. Sister Marie (Margaret) Owen (1887-1972), who spent some of her childhood as an orphan in Mount St. Vincent’s Home, was said to have told Mother Cabrini personally of her intention to become a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth. Sister Marie’s autobiography provides more information about this encounter:
“I remember accompanying Saint Mother Frances Cabrini around Denver and as I nestled
up to her on the street car, she would say to me, “Margaret, wouldn’t you like to be a sister
like me and wear a pretty veil like this?”
“No, that’s silk. Our sisters don’t wear silk.”
“Would you like to wear a ring like this?”
“No, our sisters don’t wear rings.”
And so from my earliest days it was the Sisters of Charity for me. 3
The chronicler also remarked that Mother Cabrini encouraged her Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to pray to Sister Mary Clare Bergin (1848-1916) after Sister Mary Clare’s death. Sister Mary Clare, a teacher and begging sister, collected the funds to rebuild Mount St. Vincent’s Home after the ravaging fire of 1902. No doubt Mother Cabrini and Sister Mary Clare crossed paths frequently in Denver, as both strove to provide shelter, food, and clothing for orphans in Denver.
This July, the 70th anniversary of her canonization, let us remember Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. Let us also remember those whose lives she touched and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth who worked alongside her.
 “The History of Mount Saint Vincent,” undated. Historical Essays, Box 2, Folder 1. Mount St. Vincent Home Records. Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Archives. Leavenworth, Kansas.
 “Too Small and Too Frail to Do the Hard Work of the Community,” undated. Sister Marie Owen File. Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Archives. Leavenworth, Kansas. As a young girl, Sister Marie Owen served as a companion to begging sisters in Denver. She was assigned as a companion to Sister Mary Fidelis, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. Her autobiography suggests that she served Mother Cabrini in a similar capacity.