Cabrini High School students float ‘missionary’ boats on Bayou St. John _lowres

Photo provided by Cabrini High School — Cabrini High School students launch 'missionary boats' in Bayou St. John to honor St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. From left are Sydney Taylor, Dianna Roxas, Victoria Simeon, Rachel Coleman, Elizabeth Cutrer and Ashley Duncan.

Students at Cabrini High School honored the feast day of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini recently by engaging in one of her favorite pastimes from her childhood in Italy: floating paper boats filled with violets, representing missionary sisters she imagined sending out to do good in the world, traveling to help those that were poor and most vulnerable.

The students floated their boats in Bayou St. John across from the school, honoring Mother Cabrini and one of the school’s core values: service to others.