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 member, or for an immigration hearing to go well. They are petitions for healing, and exclamations of gratitude for requests granted.

Late each Sunday afternoon we remove the slips of paper from the basket, wrap them neatly with an elastic band, and send them down to the convent so the Missionary Sisters can pray for the intentions of our visitors. (We don’t send the photos, since people often return to look for them. Sometimes they entrust the only picture they have of a loved one to Mother Cabrini.)

Then each day at Mass we pray for all pilgrims to St. Frances Cabrini Shrine. If you’ve visited, that of course includes you.

If you haven’t been here in a while, perhaps it’s time to come for some spiritual refreshment. Spend time with Mother Cabrini, see our new exhibit titled “A Day in the Life of a Saint,” and maybe slip a prayer into the basket yourself. We’ll be glad to see you, glad to hear your story, and glad to offer you a place of peace and comfort, a sanctuary where hearts are poured out and then filled again with hope.


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