Colorado officially celebrates Cabrini Day on the first Monday of October, recognizing Frances Xavier Cabrini, a dedicated humanitarian. This special day was established by the Colorado Legislature through House Bill 20-1031, signed into law by Governor Jared Polis on March 20, 2020. It marks the first paid state holiday in the United States specifically honoring a woman.
Frances Xavier Cabrini is renowned for her unwavering commitment to aiding the poor and sick. Beyond her lifetime, her legacy endures through organizations globally, all echoing her dedication to community engagement and addressing crucial issues such as healthcare, nutrition, education, protection, and mental and spiritual well-being.
The significance of Cabrini Day in Colorado extends beyond recognizing one woman’s contributions. It is a day to appreciate the accomplishments of women throughout history. Frances Xavier Cabrini founded the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1880 with seven other women. Originally aspiring to be missionaries in China, Cabrini’s plans shifted when Pope Leo XIII directed her to New York to assist Italian immigrants.
Arriving in New York in 1889, Mother Frances Cabrini faced a landscape of chaos and poverty. Undeterred, she organized catechism and education classes, cared for orphans, and established schools and orphanages despite formidable challenges. Her impact in the United States was profound, and her legacy continues to inspire generations.
Cabrini Day provides a moment for reflection, appreciation, and celebration. It acknowledges the invaluable contributions of women like Frances Xavier Cabrini and serves as a reminder of the enduring impact of humanitarian efforts. Beyond a day off from work, Cabrini Day offers a meaningful opportunity for individuals to honor Cabrini’s legacy and the broader achievements of women in shaping history.