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Cabrini Day - Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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This year’s theme is

“Healing Our World Through Prophetic Vision and Activism”

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On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, we will honor the legacy of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini with a series of CabriniDay events expressing the theme, “Healing our World Through Prophetic Vision and Activism".

Prophetic vision is about seeing how things could be. “Mother Cabrini sought to transform hearts – so that the actions and patterns which emerged from them – would also be transformed.” Hers was not a sentimental view of education—but rather a way of life where the heart is the core of our identity, infusing our intellect, our memory, and our will with meaning and passion.” Learn more

These are difficult times and, in such times, it's important to mourn those we have lost and to reflect deeply on what we want to reclaim as we work toward healing and reconciliation in our communities, in our nation, and in our world. This Cabrini Day theme is centered on ‘prophetic vision’ or seeing how things could be with our hearts and minds as we engage in activism and choose new ways. 

Prophetic vision aimed toward social justice and restorative practices have a strong tradition in the Catholic faith, the Black church, and many other Christian traditions. The concepts are equally prominent in other faith traditions: Judaism, Islam, and others. While the term prophetic may be linked to religious faith traditions, seeing or considering how things might be more just, more peaceful, more sustainable need not be linked to a particular faith. We only need open minds and open hearts. 

For this Cabrini Day we invite you to explore your ‘vision’ and activism in relation to the effects of the four pandemics (Ladson-Billings, 2021 )—the COVID-19 pandemic, the pandemic of systemic racism, the economic crisis, and the climate crisis—that together lay bare the long-standing and deep disparities in our systems and ways of life in local, national and global communities. We encourage research on the effects of these four pandemics, what we have lost and those we mourn, and what we have learned as we open our hearts and minds to how things could be. 

Full Day's Schedule 

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Liturgy in Honor of Mother Cabrini

(Bruckmann Memorial Chapel of Saint Joseph)

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Mother Cabrini Procession

(Outside from Chapel to Library)

9:30 - 10:00 AM

Visit Cabriniana Room

(Holy Spirit Library)

10:00 - 11:30 AM



Student Poster and Other Presentations “Healing Through Prophetic Vision and Activism”*

(Nerney Field House, Dixon Center)

* Presentation link:  https://forms.office.com/r/Df9JHLSsvG

11:30 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Celebration in Cav’s Corner (more details soon)

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Keynote Speaker & Awards Presentation 

“Prophetic Imagination in a Pandemic of an Unseen Future”

Dr. Darius Prier, Duquesne University  (Grace Hall Atrium)

3:45 - 4:45 PM

Explorations of Prophetic Vision and Activism Sessions:These sessions include a scavenger hunt, small discussion groups, and interfaith dialogue. (Select one session to attend - Rooms TBA)

Session A: Interfaith Dialogue on Healing & Solidarity

The Cabrini community is invited to a conversation with faith and civic leaders on being “shoulder to shoulder” as we face the challenges and opportunities of these difficult times.

Session B: Scavenger Hunt on The Life of Mother Cabrini

Learn more about the spirituality, life and work of Mother Cabrini through participation in a QR code scavenger hunt across the campus. 

Session C: Activism Workshop

Come together for an interactive workshop on putting your desire to heal the world into action through activism, advocacy, and community organizing.

5:00 - 7:00 PM

“Healing Modalities in Your Profession”

Poster Session/Presentations and Panel Discussion on topics related to healing modalities in all professions as we envision healing our world. (Mansion Foyer and Dining Room)


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