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

— St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

In 1890, 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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It’s easy to imagine that because Mother Cabrini founded 67 missions in 40 locations across three continents, everything went smoothly. The reality was that nearly every mission began with challenges. This did not trouble Mother Cabrini in the slightest. Her attitude toward obstacles was rooted in her certainty that if…

How You Can Help The Shrine is currently accepting new and clean, gently-used winter clothing to distribute to bused-in asylum seekers. We accept the following items for men, women, and children: Winter coats Hoodies and sweatshirts Sweatpants (especially sizes S and M) Hats, gloves, scarves Boots and closed shoes Jeans…

Mother Cabrini’s profound, tender relationship with the Virgin Mary permeates the letters she wrote. She considered Our Lady of Grace the foundress of the order and frequently encouraged the Missionary Sisters to imitate her. “She is lovable, love her,” she urged, “She is sublime and glorious, praise her. She is…

Mother Cabrini’s Death Mother Cabrini died in Chicago on December 22, 1917. She dies peacefully, and according to one of her earliest biographers, Mother Saverio de Maria, MSC, her “post-mortem face reassumed almost immediately its natural color, and it remained so for the 12 days she lay in state.” The…

You’re invited to join the Shrine’s Executive Director, Julia Attaway, any day from December 27-30 at 10:30am for a special talk about the life and spirituality of St. Frances Cabrini. We guarantee you’ll learn things you didn’t know! Each talk will last about an hour. You’ll have time before or…

Save the Date: Saturday, January 7 at 4pm The Early Music group RenChorNY presents a rare Christmas program by Heinrich Finck (c. 1500) on the date the feast took place under the Julian calendar. The excellent acoustics of St. Frances Cabrini Shrine are a perfect fit for this a capella…

Mother Cabrini’s deep relationship with Jesus can help guide us to richer spiritual growth this Advent. These quotes are taken from her retreat notes. Let us pray with her as we begin to prepare for Christ’s birth. Advent calls us to remove the hard edges in our hearts that prevent…

Mother Cabrini’s Feast Day The Feast of St. Frances Cabrini, patron saint of immigrants, falls on November 13. This year we will celebrate with five Masses over two days: Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13. Individual veneration of a first-class relic of Mother Cabrini will be available following each…

Mark your calendars for a series of four terrific concerts this October to benefit organizations working directly with newly-bused in asylum seekers. The lineup includes: Venezuelan Classical   Saturday, October 8 at 7:30pm Featuring Venezuelan soprano Maria Brea, with Manuel Laufer, piano and Francesca Khalifa, piano Latin Jazz   Saturday, October 15…

Mother Cabrini’s Letters Mother Cabrini was a prolific letter writer. Each year she wrote hundreds of letters to prelates, to her Missionary Sisters, and for business transactions. Much of her day was spent in correspondence. One of the great joys of reading the saint’s letters is that we get a…

“Free yourselves and put on wings…” ~ St. Frances Xavier Cabrini St. Frances Cabrini and the Doves On the morning of July 15, 1850 a  flock of white doves descended upon the yard of Agostino Cabrini. The frugal Italian farmer quickly shooed them away from his newly-harvested wheat. As he…

On Thursday, September 22 the Shrine will host a bilingual Mass for all who grieve someone who died by suicide. Please invite those you know who have experienced this particularly painful loss to join us for comfort, healing, and companionship in moving forward. Doors will open for a quiet musical…

Photo above: 701 Fort Washington Avenue as it looked when Mother Cabrini purchased the property. Mother Cabrini led an extremely productive life, founding schools, hospitals, dispensaries, and orphanages in nine countries on three continents. The “little nun” (as she called herself) had a single focus: to draw hearts to Jesus….

Hundreds of immigrant families have been bused to New York City from the southern border in recent weeks. They have been placed in all-purpose City shelters, and the influx has strained City resources. To respond to the needs of our newest neighbors, five Cabrini institutions — The Cabrini Mission Foundation,…

A simple basket sits inside the altar rail at the Shrine. As the week goes by it fills with prayers in many languages. Gauging from our conversations with visitors, we can guess the contents: they are prayers of thanksgiving, grief, concern for others, yearning for safe transit for a family…

This Saturday the Shrine will participate in the NY Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House, offering guided tours of the Shrine at 12pm and 2pm. Stop in to learn why Mother Cabrini’s remains rest here, visit our new “A Day in the Life of a Saint” exhibit, or simply spend…

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.

Tuesday-Friday: 12:00 pm followed by Adoration

Saturday: 9:30 am

Misa en Español

Domingo: 3:00 pm      Último sabado del mes: 2:00 pm


How you can 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 slightly 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 use the free parking 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 as well as 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, which houses the Medieval art and architecture collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Cloisters are 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 several 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.