MOUNT CARMEL CEMETERY1400 South Wolf Road
Catholic, Est. 1901
Located in the western suburb of Hillside, this
predominantly Italian cemetery contains a most interesting set of
personalities to be found in the Chicagoland.
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Along the south edge of the Mount Carmel on
Roosevelt Road sits this monument to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini -- "First
Citizen Saint of the United States Patron Saint of Immigrants."
"Mother Cabrini was not a humanitarian, she was a
heroic lover of God. In her missions of charity, in her achievement
of the impossible, it was not genius. Her secret was divine
love. This is the wonderful story of a romance that is gripping and
striking. It is the story of a woman who lived among us, who saw the
things which we see. A woman in whose soul divine love was consumed
the last remnant of self, who came to love only God. And who saw God
in every poor man, woman and child. Her life was filled with
difficulties. Many were her disappointments. Most of the time
she had tasks which were far from congenial . At times she was
misunderstood even by good people. She wavered not. She was
working for God.
"She loved us. She was
benefactor. She went begging in our sheets. She rode out
streetcars. Through alleys she went in search of little hungry
children who were homeless and friendless. It seems to me that God
through our saint is telling that if we only love Him with all our souls,
in the very conditions of our lives, here in this great modern city, we shall be holy and pleasing to Him. Our Saint issues a challenge
to each of us. Our works in life may be modest, our
achievements in the eyes of men insignificant. But we dare hope to
be great in the sight of God, and the little things become big things, and
the trials can be blessings, and no matter how gloomy the world about us
may be, we can smile the serene smile of our saint wonderful as were her works
in life, more wonderful are and ever will be her works after
His Imminence Samuel Cardinal Stritch
Saint Frances Xavier of Cabrini--Mother Cabrini.)
If you want more graves of both famous and imfamous people simply cross the
Roosevelt Road to Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
For a map of the railroad line which served Mount Carmel at the start of the
Twentieth Century see
Westchester and Mount Carmel Rapid Transit Lines.
For more on the Mount Carmel line, click on
Mount Carmel Transit Lines -- more from Dave Fiore Sr.
Sources were used in the compilation of this entry include but
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Last Modified: 12/01/2007