Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Friday the 13th. . . .

. . . .comes on a Tuesday this month.

In the United States, it's also the feast of our first canonized saint, St Frances Xavier Cabrini. She worked in this archdiocese in the early part of the 20th century and there was a school and and orphanage in Los Angeles that she built. Almost every trace of her work in this area is gone now, torn down in the case of the orphanage and the school transformed to secular use. There is one (1) sister from her community left in the Archdiocese. On the grounds of St Francis Xavier Church in Burbank there is still a small Marian chapel that she helped build. I was there a few years ago. It's a lovely little place, alas, only open a few hours a month these days. It's a moving experience to walk where a saint has walked; not an every day experience in California.

If you go to the home page of St Francis Xavier Church, the photographs at the top of the page change every few seconds. In one of them you can see the exterior of the little chapel.