“God has done it all: I have only been a spectator of God’s work.”

— St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

In 1889, Mother Cabrini and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus had to beg for alms to support the growing number of orphans in their care. Their willingness to sacrifice everything to bring people to know, love, and serve Jesus continues to inspire us today.

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Last week New York City was deluged for days. On Friday some parts of the city had 8″ of rainfall. Streets flooded; many subway lines shut down. Needless to say, all our pilgrimage groups either canceled or rescheduled. On Friday as I left I stopped to say good night to…

For this month’s Mother Cabrini Story we offer you the following article reprinted from The Sun, dated June 30, 1889. This interview with Mother Cabrini took place almost exactly three months from the day she and six of her Missionary Sisters arrived in New York City. A scan of the…

What exactly is asylum? Who is eligible? What is the legal process and how long does it take? Are asylum-seekers legal immigrants or are they here without permission? What are their rights and responsibilities? As New York City grapples with the demands of an increase in immigrants bused-in from the…

Mother Cabrini’s Feast is November 13. This year we will celebrate with five Masses in four languages over two days, with a special concert on the Feast Day itself. Saturday, November 11 Mass in Italian at 11 am Filipino Mass at 2 pm French Mass at 4 pm Sunday, November…

Every now and then someone comes into the Shrine who has a direct relationship to Mother Cabrini. This month we greeted a gentleman named Michael Ragaini. Mike came in and began to tell us about his grandfather Hugo, a dentist. In 1914 Hugo Ragaini had a dental office down in…

“Why do you need to add to this building?” Monsignor Serrati asked, “You have enough room for what you have!” In the scant six years since Mother Cabrini founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the order had grown from seven Sisters to well over a hundred. …

In October of 1895, Mother Cabrini and a companion, Mother Chiara, set forth from Panama to go to Buenos Aires. Their sea journey took them to Ecuador, many ports in Peru, and Chile. Upon arrival in Los Andes, Chile, they had a choice: either to continue around the south of…

On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2024, the movie CABRINI will be released by Angel Studios. Directed by Alejandro Monteverde (director of Sound of Freedom) CABRINI is beautifully filmed, with excellent acting and a superb script. Watch the trailer, spread the word, and sign up to receive updates at the…

“Didn’t I write and tell you that I am alive miraculously?” begins a 1904 letter from Mother Cabrini. She’d been traveling by train from the orphanage in Denver to the orphanage in New Orleans. Just after passing Dallas “the enemies of the railroad” attacked. Bullets peppered the train. Mother Cabrini…

This is the first in a series about visitors to the Shrine By Julia Attaway, Executive Director An elderly woman came into the Shrine last Sunday having traveled here – alone – by mass transit from New Jersey. We see her fairly regularly. She is so frail it is hard…

Mother Cabrini’s Violets Born on July 15, 1850 in a small town in northern Italy in 1850, Francesca Cabrini knew from a young age that she was called to be a missionary. As a child she made paper boats and filled them with violets — her “missionaries” — floating them…

On Saturday, July 15 the Shrine will celebrate Mother Cabrini’s 173rd birthday. This is always a great event that is filled with joy. Bring your family, friends, your hopes and prayers, and join us for the festivities! Highlights of the day include: Mass at 11am with Bishop Gerald Walsh (in…

“I have missed the train on account of the Holy Father,” Mother Cabrini wrote wryly to the Sisters in 1898. She’d wanted Leo XIII to bless her latest initiative: establishing a house in Paris. However, the pope was ill and sent his greetings via the Nuncio, instead. Then, just as…

On Corpus Christi the Shrine opened its newest exhibit, “Mother Cabrini and the Eucharist,” an exploration of the saint’s relationship to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Mother Cabrini is primarily known as a woman of action. She established schools, hospitals and orphanages in more than 40 locations across three continents….

Mother Cabrini Begs to Conquer Herself In New Orleans during the blistering summer of 1892, Mother Cabrini was severely short on funds. She beckoned to one of the Missionary Sisters and announced they were going out begging together. The Sister, who feared for Mother Cabrini’s health, tried to dissuade her….

Join us every Thursday evening in June for the third year of Melting Pot Jazz. This free series explores immigrants’ influence on American jazz. Concerts begin at 6:30pm. Bring a blanket, a picnic, a neighbor, and enjoy terrific music and a sense of community. This year’s terrific lineup includes: June…

St. Frances Cabrini

“Love, today, must not be hidden; It must be active, vibrant and true.”

St. Frances Cabrini

“As I see it, the mission is this:Loving other human beings-wherever they are in the world, and letting them know that there is a God who loves them unconditionally, now, as they are.”

St. Frances Cabrini

“Prayer is a great comfort. It is the life of the soul, though its effects are not always visible.”

St. Frances Cabrini

“I felt something I could not explain. It seemed as though I were no longer of this world; my heart was filled with Glory. I know it was the Holy Spirit.”

St. Frances Cabrini

“There is room here for
every talent and inclination.”

“Today, love must not be hidden… it must be living, active and true!”

— St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Visitor Information

A sacred space to pray, rest and draw close to Jesus through the intercession of St. Frances Cabrini

Shrine Hours

Tuesday thru Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Closed Mondays and major holidays

Gift Shop Hours

Tuesday thru Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Closed Mondays and major holidays

English Mass Schedule

Sunday: 9:30 am and 11:00 am with Adoration 1:00-2:30 pm

Tuesday-Friday: 12:00 pm followed by Adoration

Saturday: 9:30 am

Misa en Español

Domingo: 3:00 pm      Primer sábado del mes: 12:00 pm


How to get to the Shrine in Northern Manhattan.

Subway: Take the A train to 190th Street and use the elevator to get to Fort Washington Ave. The Shrine is across the street to your left, behind the stone wall.
Open Tuesday thru Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bus: Take the M4 bus, get off at 190th Street.

By Car: From midtown Manhattan, take the Henry Hudson Parkway northbound and Riverside Drive to Fort Washington Avenue. Turn left onto Fort Washington Avenue. Visitors may park in the lot next to the Shrine.

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701 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10040
Tel: 212.923.3536

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    St. Frances Cabrini Shrine is adjacent to Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters.

    “St. Frances Cabrini Shrine is located in a quiet neighborhood in upper Manhattan, adjacent to stunning Fort Tryon Park. The park features Heather and Alpine gardens and scenic views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades. The area was the site of the Battle of Fort Washington during the American Revolutionary War.

    A 10-minute walk into the park brings you to the Met Cloisters Museum. The Cloisters houses the Medieval art and architecture collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum is the home of the renowned Unicorn Tapestries, cloistered galleries and gardens, a large collection of statuary and stained glass, and Robert Campin’s spectacular Mérode Altarpiece (c. 1422). A seasonal café offers light meals within the museum.

    There are also casual restaurants in walking distance from the Shrine, and Arthur Avenue, the delicious “Little Italy of the Bronx” lies a 15 minute drive away.


    Fuentidueña Chapel: A twelfth-century apse from this Spanish Chapel loaned to the Cloisters by the Spanish government. A magnificent twelfth-century painted Spanish wood crucifix hangs from the arch.