Year of Faith

This begins the second installment of our Year of Faith. This is were once a month I highlight a saint that has been listed on the USCCB Saints for the Year of Faith.

This month it is St Frances Xavier Cabrini. What makes her particularly noteworthy is that she was the first American citizen to be canonized.

She came to the U.S. from Italy to become a missionary. She is the patron Saint of Immigrants and rightly so. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and for over 35 years, the time she was here in the United States,She started six institutions.

She died in 1917.

In honor of St Frances Xavier Cabrini I decided to make a Caprese Salad.

Caprese Salad - St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Caprese Salad

1 pound fresh mozzarella
4 large ripe tomatoes
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper


Slice the mozzarella and tomatoes into thin slices.

In a clear bowl layer a few tomatoes on the bottom. Sprinkle a few pinches of salt on top followed by a few grinds of pepper. Layer a few slices of Mozzarella cheese over top of the tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil over top of the mozzarella. Then layer basil leaves over top of the mozzarella slices. Then start all over with more tomatoes, salt, pepper, mozzarella, olive oil and basil leaves. Continue until everything is in the bowl. End with fresh basil leaves.

Serve immediately.

Peace be with you,

Copyright 2012 Veronica Gantley