A tragedy unfolded in New Orleans on March 14, 1891: the largest mass lynching in United States history. The eleven men killed were Italians. The day before nine Italians accused of murdering city police chief, David Hennessy had been acquitted. Two were declared not guilty because no evidence had been…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

In September of 1899, Mother Cabrini purchased property at 701 Fort Washington Avenue. The land overlooked the majestic Hudson River and offered serenity, good air, and proximity to the city. She immediately re-named the estate Sacred Heart Villa. Bustling with life, Sacred Heart Villa served as a reception house for…

Page 1 of 21 2
© 2015 St. Frances Cabrini Shrine.
Top