The most famous of all Italian immigrants to America, Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini, arrived in New York City in 1889. Her initial meeting with Archbishop Corrigan was not a happy one. He told her to go back to Italy in the mistaken belief that she had come to America in defiance of his orders. Once the initial misunderstanding was resolved, however, the two got along well together. Mother Cabrini personally took charge of the faltering Columbus Hospital and put it on firm financial footing. Her Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart soon became familiar figures in the New York Italian community as nurses, teachers and social workers visiting poor Italian immigrants in their own homes. The History of the Archdiocese of New York, 1999

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