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Cabrini, Frances Xavier (1850-1917) Letter Signed, Mother Frances X. Cabrini, to physician John Benjamin Murphy.
Seattle, 10 July 1916.
Quarto, three folded pages, minor smudging at end of text (not affecting signature), offering elaborate congratulations on his recent appointment to the Order of St. Gregory the Great, 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.
"The honor, which has recently been conferred upon you, is the great reward you so well deserve. [...] You have known how to show an abundance of kindness toward suffering humanity, and in return the Tender Heart of our dear Savior, so lovingly touched by your generosity, has been pleased to confer upon you, through His Representative on earth a precious gift. [...] May the Benign Heart of Jesus bestow upon you every good; strewing your path with consolations and peace, and may the happiness you shed around others be reflected in your own life."
On June 16, 1916, John Benjamin Murphy was awarded the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great, a papal order of knighthood.
Mother Cabrini founded a Catholic missionary group to support Italian immigrants to the United States. As the first U.S. citizen to be canonized by the Church in 1946, she is revered as the patron saint of immigrants, with shrines dedicated to her in Manhattan, Colorado, and Chicago.