They arrived as part of an extraordinary pilgrimage that united 12 parishes from Long Island. Excited and prayerful, the young adults relished learning about Mother Cabrini. But rather than have us tell you about their experience here, this month we invite you to hear what our pilgrims had to say,…

In 1933, eight year old Anna DeCuitiis arrived in West Park, NY. Her family had broken apart. Their father, unable to care for five children, placed Anna and her sister with the Missionary Sisters at the big orphanage Mother Cabrini founded overlooking the Hudson River in Ulster County. Sad, hurt,…

What joy! On Saturday, May 25 the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage will make its first stop in Manhattan at St. Frances Cabrini Shrine. It is expected to arrive here at about 1:30pm and to depart at 3:00pm en route to Central Park and points beyond. Please join us in greeting them……

A nor’easter on November 26, 1950 made driving from Mulberry Street to Columbus Hospital difficult. The labor that Mrs. Fusco endured once she finally made it to the hospital Mother Cabrini founded was not easy, either. Complications arose: the umbilical cord was wrapped around baby Joseph’s neck. As Joseph, now…

A friar on pilgrimage kneeling before the crucifix

They arrived at 7:45 a.m., having already been to Mass and walked two miles from the Bronx. Their backpacks were the sole indicator that they had four days and 100+ miles to go to reach their destination: the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia, in Philadelphia. We gave them…

people kneeling before an altar

Ana (not her real name) knocked loudly on the door before the Shrine officially opened. She knelt in front of the altar as soon as we let her in, and  remained in prayer a long time. I happened to be going to get a cup of coffee around the time…

novices of Servants of the Lord and Our Lady of Matará

If we’d seen them come in on their bicycles, the three religious who visited at around noon yesterday might have been our pilgrims of the month. But it was only as they departed, helmets strapped over their veils, that we realized how they’d arrived. The octave of  Christmas is always…

When Claire learned she’d be part of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade this year, her mom emailed us. Claire had a special request: in between tightly-packed rehearsals and tours, she wanted to visit the Shrine. It’s not every teen who puts visiting Mother Cabrini on her bucket list for what to…

Last week New York City was deluged for days. On Friday some parts of the city had 8″ of rainfall. Streets flooded; many subway lines shut down. Needless to say, all our pilgrimage groups either canceled or rescheduled. On Friday as I left I stopped to say good night to…

Mother Cabrini miracle story

Every now and then someone comes into the Shrine who has a direct relationship to Mother Cabrini. This month we greeted a gentleman named Michael Ragaini. Mike came in and began to tell us about his grandfather Hugo, a dentist. In 1914 Hugo Ragaini had a dental office down in…

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