“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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For centuries, immigrants and migrants have provided the labor that drives New York City’s economy, the families that fill its neighborhoods, and the creativity that animates its culture. Join us at the Shrine for an illustrated lecture by Robert W. Snyder, Manhattan Borough Historian and professor emeritus at Rutgers University,…

Join us on six Tuesdays at 6:30pm to discuss In Weakness, Strength, a short but insightful overview of Mother Cabrini’s life and spirituality. Bring your questions, curiosity, and desire to learn about and from St. Frances Cabrini. The group begins on September 21. The book is $8.95 and available in…

Giuseppe Sarto began his papacy as Pius X on August 4, 1903. Like Francesca Cabrini, he was a native of Lombardy. We know he was acquainted with Mother Cabrini; in a letter from New York dated October 2, 1903 she wrote, “I will turn towards Europe to Rome where I…

The Prison Ministry of St. Frances Cabrini Much has been written about Mother Cabrini’s care for children and the sick. Less well-known is that her compassion extended to caring for the souls of prisoners. “The sisters go regularly to the American prisons to visit the inmates and to teach Christian…

Recently while reading Mother Cabrini’s letters we came across a passage dated December 23, 1902: “In Denver the house is located at a height of 5,000 feet… I am sending you a photograph which was taken on the day of the inauguration. You will find me in it too, since…

Today we ask you to set aside time to pray for victims of human trafficking, and for the conversion of heart of those who manipulate and abuse them. According to the United Nations’ Global Report on Trafficking, trafficking victims are targeted when they are vulnerable. The isolation and economic hardship…

Last week the Shrine welcomed over 1,500 teens on pilgrimage en route to the Redemptoris Mater conference being held in Gettysburg, PA. It was wonderful to meet so many young people engaged in their faith, seeking Christ, and asking the intercession of Mother Cabrini. We hosted groups from California, Texas,…

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, July 17 to celebrate Mother Cabrini’s 171st birthday! We’ll have Mass, mariachi, cake, activities for kids, and great joy.  See the full schedule below.

This summer we’re pleased to be able to display a variety of items Mother Cabrini used when she was in residence at West Park, NY. West Park was the site of the U.S. novitiate and a large orphanage. It was one of Mother Cabrini’s favorite places — spacious, beautiful, and…

The Shrine has been hosting many groups of teenagers from inner-city parishes this summer. It’s a joy to have them here, since these are kids Mother Cabrini would have loved to embrace. I often set the stage for talking about Mother Cabrini by pointing out that she was no stranger…

On June 2, 1951 a young deacon named Peter Smith was ordained to the priesthood in the chapel at Mother Cabrini High School. His unusual path to the priesthood began shortly after his birth. Peter was born on March 13, 1921 at Columbus Hospital in New York, one of the…

May 23, 1890 New York J.M.J.F Oh, my daughters, have great confidence in the Holy Spirit! He can soften the hardest hearts, pacify the rebellious, sweeten embittered souls, inflame tepid souls, fortify the weak, steady the wavering, convert the proud to humility, the disobedient to obedience and the avaricious to…

Last October the Shrine began “Making Space for Serenity,“ a series of Wednesday-evening music meditations. Our goal was simple: to provide our neighbors a respite from their cramped apartments by giving them a COVID-safe environment where they could de-stress, experience beauty, and find some peace. Over 20 programs and 24…

“Our beloved Jesus promised us His Holy Spirit. Yet we know that the divine promises are fulfilled through prayer and the sublime exercise of charity and union. “This excellent virtue of prayer, while it signifies the union and charity we necessarily must have among ourselves… signifies still another unity each…

In this letter from 1899, Mother Cabrini writes about the role Our Lady of Grace played in the founding of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “Oh, happy is the one who loves Mary! What care and tenderness this good Mother has for us!… “She rejoices when…

The Ave Maris Stella is a Latin hymn that dates back to the 10th century and is usually sung at Vespers. This beautiful song was a favorite of Mother Cabrini’s. In the following letter to the Missionary Sisters we see Mother Cabrini’s deep love for Our Lady, and learn the…

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 be nourished.

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

Spanish Mass Schedule

Sunday: 3:00 pm      Last Saturday of the month: 2:00 pm

NOTE: The Shrine follows the COVID-19 protocols set forth by the CDC. All individuals are required to wear a face mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status.


How you can get to the Shrine in Northern Manhattan.

Subway: The elevators at 190th Street are currently under repair. Take the A train to 181st Street and exit the station at the 184th St end, taking the elevator up to Fort Washington Avenue. Turn right and either take the M4 bus two stops to 190th Street or walk ten minutes. The Shrine is one-half block past 190th St on the opposite side, 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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    Saint Frances Cabrini Shrine is available for retreats, weddings, funerals, and baptisms.

    • Our Retreat Room is a bright, sunny room with four large windows opening onto a wooded courtyard. The capacity is 50-75 people.
    • The Music Room has a capacity of 40-60. A grand piano is available.
    • The Cabrini Lawn adjacent to the Shrine is a secluded lawn that is perfect for an outdoor rosary, prayer group or picnic. Chairs and tables can be set up outside for your group.

    Call 212.923.3536 for more information.


    Saint Frances Cabrini Shrine Retreat Room

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

    “The 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 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 15-20 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.