Tuesday-Friday: 12:00 pm Saturday 9:30
Sunday: 9:00 am and 11:00 am
4th Saturday: 2pm
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Mother Cabrini Shrine is available for retreats, weddings, funerals and baptisms. We have a variety of retreat and conference facilities.
Call 212.923.3536 for more information.
The St. Frances Cabrini Shrine houses the remains of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in a peaceful chapel overlooking the banks of the Hudson River. The quiet neighborhood in northern Manhattan is easily accessible by mass transit.
Mother Cabrini discovered this property in 1899 as she drove her horse and buggy to the remote northwest edge of New York City. She purchased land at what is now 190th St. and Fort Washington Avenue to build a school for middle-class girls, the tuition from which was used to fund orphanages and free schools for the poor. Mother Cabrini always found great peace of mind and personal tranquility whenever she visited this site. A bench upon which she liked to meditate remains for visitors to sit upon.
Mother Cabrini died in 1917, and in 1933 her body was moved from West Park, New York to this site, to rest in the chapel of what was then Mother Cabrini High School. In 1938, at the time of her beatification, her remains were placed in a glass casket beneath the altar of the school.
Frances Cabrini was canonized in 1946. A flood of people came to venerate her relics, necessitating construction of a separate building to accommodate visitors. The building was completed in 1959, and Mother Cabrini’s remains were then transferred to the Shrine, where she now rests.
A pictorial mosaic composed of Carrera marble, Botticino marble, and gilded Venetian glass surrounds the altar, depicting significant scenes from Mother Cabrini’s life. A towering three-story stained-glass image of St. Cabrini at the back of the chapel overlooks the Hudson River. It features an unusual mid-century composition of pieced stained glass with painted details. The carefully restored carriage Mother Cabrini drove when she visited West Park sits beneath it.
A small museum of mementos and relics offers a short video about Mother Cabrini’s life. Pilgrims to the Shrine may, upon request, be blessed with a first-class relic of the saint.
360º Views of the Cabrini Shrine
Videos by Andrew Tallon, PhD, Professor of Art, Vassar College