“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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Ash Wednesday, February 17 Mass at 12 noon and 5pm Note there will be no Making Space for Serenity music on Ash Wednesday. Shrine Lenten Schedule Mass Schedule: Tuesday-Friday: 12 noon (English) followed by Adoration Saturday: 9:30 am (English), last Saturday of the month 2 pm (Spanish) Sunday: 9:30 and…

The snow began to fall today just as 9am Mass began. It looked lovely. All the same, a corner of my mind kept track of the accumulation. The Shrine’s maintenance man has Sundays off; I’d have to figure out the logistics of shoveling and sanitizing between the 9 and 11am…

Sometimes it’s hard to grasp how incredibly difficult life was for the Italian immigrants Mother Cabrini came to serve. In 1889 orphans slept in the streets. Decrepit tenements teemed with families and vermin. Parents worked 12-hour days in dangerous jobs. There were few workplace safety regulations, no social safety net,…

Among the interesting items on display at the Shrine’s What is a Relic? exhibit is a small silver reliquary. It contains first-class relics of the saints Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Barbara and Rosalie. You can stop by to venerate these whenever the Shrine is open. The authentification paper for this…

“Themes from the Life and Spirituality of Mother Cabrini” Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Time: 9:00 am MST/ 10:00 am CST/ 11:00 am EST Sponsored by the National Shrine of St. Frances X. Cabrini, Chicago, IL in collaboration with The Cabrini Retreat Center, Des Plaines, IL, with the gracious participation of…

One of the delightful items in the Shrine’s museum is a pair of Mother Cabrini’s well-worn shoes. They are identical; there is not a left shoe and a right, because cobblers charged more for that kind of customization. Eventually, with enough wearing, the shoe would conform to the proper foot….

Late afternoon is beautiful at the Shrine. In winter, the sun shines through the south windows with an ethereal glow starting at about 4:15pm. There aren’t a lot of visitors close to closing time, usually just one or two neighbors, and sometimes a family scurrying in to pray just as…

From Mother Cabrini: Italian Immigrant of the Century by Mary Louise Sullivan, MSC Frances Cabrini approached the twilight of her life of loving service and dedication persistent in her missionary efforts. In 1915 she set out for Seattle, where she had to face many difficulties in her efforts to establish…

Sixty-one years ago today (the 19th fell on a Saturday in 1959, too) dozens of clergy, multitudes of Missionary Sisters, a judge, the captain of the 34th Precinct, and various others including “an author of Marian plays and filmstrips” gathered for the consecration of the main altar of the brand-new…

December of 1900 found Mother Cabrini traveling from Genoa to Buenos Aires aboard the steamship Alfonso XIII. As usual, she wrote regularly to the Sisters while she was at sea. Her letters contain a mix of spiritual advice and delightful travel tidbits. Her entry for December 4 provides news about…

Mother Cabrini took the name Xavier when she became a religious on October 15, 1874. Her dream since childhood was to become a missionary like the great Francis Xavier.  On December 3, 1900, aboard a ship from Genoa to Buenos Aires, she wrote the following to the Missionary Sisters: “Saint…

As of today Northern Manhattan has been designated a Yellow Zone under NY’s COVID-19 safety rules. This new designation primarily affects dining establishments. Houses of Worship are still permitted to operate at 50% capacity. There will therefore be no changes to the Shrine’s Mass schedule, though we have opted to…

A gentleman named Julio Guzmán came to the Feast Mass last week and lingered afterward to tell us a remarkable story. He’d moved recently, and in the process of packing up came across a memento of his maternal grandfather’s funeral. On the front was a picture of Mother Cabrini. Mr….

St. Frances Cabrini is widely known for her energy, her generosity, and her vibrant love for those most in need. It’s easy to admire her but (powerhouse that she was) sometimes a bit hard to imitate her! One way to grow to be like Mother Cabrini is to focus less…

As home to the largest sacred relic in New York City, St. Frances Cabrini Shrine greets many devoted visitors who arrive with the intention of drawing closer to Mother Cabrini both physically and spiritually. We also greet Catholics who wander in not knowing much about Mother Cabrini. Many have never…

This past Monday I trekked down to lower Manhattan with a friend to see the new statue of Mother Cabrini. After the unveiling (at which two of the Missionary Sisters assisted) and after the governor left, the public was permitted to enter. Because of steady rain and because the event…

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, until 7pm on Wednesday

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 followed by Adoration

Spanish Mass Schedule

Sunday: 3:00 pm

Last Saturday of every month, 2:00 pm

Wednesday Evening Music: 6-7pm (no music on Ash Wednesday)
Ash Wednesday Masses, February 17: 12 noon and 5 pm
Friday Evening Candlelight Prayer during Lent: 5:30 pm
NOTE: The Shrine follows all currently recommended COVID-19 protocols.


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.