World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Sunday 29th September 2019
Saint William of York Parish, London
At 9.30 Mass on Sunday 29th September, World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Bishop Pat Lynch blessed and installed the recently renovated statue of Saint Francesca Cabrini. Mother Cabrini is the Patron Saint of Migrants and was a parishioner of Saint William of York for a year, 1910-1911.
The statue was donated to the parish by Mother Cabrini’s Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It stood in the convent chapel for many years. In 2001 the sisters loaned it to Saint George’s Cathedral. Many Americans living in London were praying in the Cathedral for the victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York. They were comforted to be able to pray before a statue of the first American Citizen Saint and ask for her intercession.
Sister Patricia Godoy MSC represented the sisters at the blessing. Bishop Pat called on us to be inspired by Mother Cabrini’s work with migrants. We should, follow her example and embrace the 4 ‘W’s to live our faith, especially in our relationships with migrants. The 4 ‘W’s are ‘Welcome, Word, Worship and Witness’ or ‘wwww.com’!