I would like to applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo for dedicating a statue of the Italian -American saint Mother Cabrini in Lower Manhattan on Columbus Day.
First Lady Chirlane McCray omitted Mother Cabrini from a list of women to be honored with statues. Cuomo did not forget Mother Cabrini.
St. Francis Xavier Cabrini was born in 1850 in what is now the Lombardy region of Italy. She immigrated to the United States in 1889, and went on to found schools, hospitals and orphanages. She was canonized in 1946.
I find this to be a most proud moment for my fellow Italian-Americans. Here was a nun who acted on her faith and dedicated her life to helping others and made a difference.
It is right we finally have recognized a good woman, nun and human being.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.