Mother Cabrini · Alan Catlin

Mother Cabrini, a disinterred saint in her glass and gold casket, N.Y.C. 1960

Exhumed in 1933 to facilitate
the process of becoming a saint.

Body parts removed and shipped
to various shrines.

Good works include: a sister of
Missionary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
and Sacred Heart Orphan Asylum.

Beatified in 1938 for curing a
blind-in-one-eye child.

Canonized in 1946 for curing
a terminally ill congregate.

Is the patron saint of immigrants.

Was photographed in state by Diane Arbus
in 1960, presumably after, the addition
of sculpted face mask and sculpted hands
to the body for “a more life-like viewing”
experience.

Currently on permanent display in NYC
housed in a bronze casket with glass
for the faithful to better gaze upon her person.

All of this is normal, right?


Alan Catlin has dozens of chapbooks and full length books to his credit, most recently Asylum Garden: after Van Gogh (Dos Madres) and Lessons in Darkness (Luchador Press).