“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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Cardinal Spellman Arrives for the Dedication of the Shrine On May 10, 1960, eight hundred Mother Cabrini High School girls lined Fort Washington Avenue, while those in the senior class stood in the driveway. When Francis Cardinal Spellman arrived and saw the sight he unexpectedly had his car stopped. He…

The storm rolled in shortly before supper. Only six of the over 1,000 passengers on La Normandie made it to dinner that night because of the heaving seas. Mother Cabrini, of course, was one of them. Afterwards she retired to her cabin. Alert to the danger she remained half-dressed, prepared…

Saturday, May 20 will be a special day for alumnae and former staff of Mother Cabrini High School. MCHS, which opened in 1930, has a legacy of graduating strong, faithful women who formed deep and lasting friendships. What’s Planned for the Day? The afternoon will begin with a luncheon under…

Mother Cabrini’s retreat notes provide us with a unique view of her prayer life and spiritual journey. Her journal includes notes made during more than 40 retreats stretching from 1887 to 1911. Currently available in English under the title Journal of a Trusting Heart, it is here that we see…

A Loan and a Lawsuit Mere weeks after the founding of the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1880, the bishop of Lodi generously lent them 6,000 lire. The loan came with the stipulation that all interest accrued was to go to three impoverished…

Award-winning artists Maria Brea and Felix Jarrar present an evening of musical meditations to get us ready for Easter. Selections include excerpts for Handel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and pieces by Lecuona and Jarrar. Admission is by donation on EventBrite and at the door.

Schedule for Holy Week Palm Sunday, April 2 Mass in English at 9am and 11am Misa en español a las 3pm Holy Thursday, April 6 Liturgy in English at 5pm Good Friday, April 7 Liturgy in English at 2pm Stations of the Cross at 3pm Seven Last Words at 6pm…

On Saturday, April 1 we are honored to have Sr. Bernadette Anello, MSC lead a mini-retreat at the Shrine. Sr. Bernadette will help us work through one of the hardest things to give up: our assumptions and expectations. These often-unrecognized barriers interfere with our relationships with each other and hinder…

Mother Cabrini Arrives in Nicaragua In 1891, Mother Cabrini traveled with 28 Missionary Sisters from Italy to New York. Most of the group was bound for Nicaragua, where Mother Cabrini had been invited to establish a school for girls in Granada.  Once in the U.S. they boarded the steamer New…

Need help completing the paperwork to become a U.S. Citizen? On Saturday, March 18 from 10am-4pm pro-bono attorneys will be at St. Frances Cabrini Shrine. They can provide legal consultations and help eligible permanent residents complete Form N-400 and the fee waiver assistance form. All attorneys present will speak Spanish…

Join us following the 11am Mass on Sunday, February 26 to get an update from Sr. Yolanda Flores, MSC on the situation in Nicaragua. The Missionary Sisters operate a large technical school and an elementary school in Managua that together serve nearly 1,900 children. Come with a dish to share…

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 **THIS EVENT HAS ENDED ** 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…

Mother Cabrini’s Relationship with Mary 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…

Mother Cabrini’s Death Mother Cabrini died in Chicago on December 22, 1917. She died 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…

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      Primer sábado del mes: 12:00 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.