Phono of St. Frances Cabrini Shrine at its opening in 1959

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…

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…

Columbus Hospital, Chicago, founded by Mother Cabrini

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…

mansion purchased by Mother Cabrini for use as boarding school for girls at 701 Fort Washington Ave, New York City

Photo above: 701 Fort Washington Avenue as it looked when Mother Cabrini purchased the property. Mother Cabrini led an extremely productive life, founding schools, hospitals, dispensaries, and orphanages in nine countries on three continents. The “little nun” (as she called herself) had a single focus: to draw hearts to Jesus….

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…

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 doctrine. They take special care to prepare…

Poverty in New York, 1889 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…

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…

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