On June 2, 1951 a young deacon named Peter Smith was ordained to the priesthood in the chapel at Mother Cabrini High School. His unusual path to the priesthood began shortly after his birth. Peter was born on March 13, 1921 at Columbus Hospital in New York, one of the…

The Ave Maris Stella is a Latin hymn that dates back to the 10th century and is usually sung at Vespers. This beautiful song was a favorite of Mother Cabrini’s. In the following letter to the Missionary Sisters we see Mother Cabrini’s deep love for Our Lady, and learn the…

Mother Cabrini prayed frequently, deeply, and with the certainty that prayer is “the channel through which the most precious waters of grace continually and copiously flow from the Heart of God.” Many of Mother Cabrini’s personal prayers are recorded in her retreat journals. In these we get a glimpse of…

Sister Gabriella Linati, age 24, was a novice when she was selected as one of the six Sisters to accompany Mother Cabrini to the U.S. in 1889. Her notes are our main source of what the first voyage across the Atlantic was like. March 26, 1889    After lunch a…

Late afternoon is beautiful at the Shrine. In winter, the sun shines through the south windows with an ethereal glow starting at about 4:15pm. There aren’t a lot of visitors close to closing time, usually just one or two neighbors, and sometimes a family scurrying in to pray just as…

As of today Northern Manhattan has been designated a Yellow Zone under NY’s COVID-19 safety rules. This new designation primarily affects dining establishments. Houses of Worship are still permitted to operate at 50% capacity. There will therefore be no changes to the Shrine’s Mass schedule, though we have opted to…

As home to the largest sacred relic in New York City, St. Frances Cabrini Shrine greets many devoted visitors who arrive with the intention of drawing closer to Mother Cabrini both physically and spiritually. We also greet Catholics who wander in not knowing much about Mother Cabrini. Many have never…

We are very honored to have the presence of Cardinal Dolan join us in the celebration of St. Frances Cabrini’s Birthday on Saturday, July 13th. The Mass celebration will be at 12 noon. Please come and join us in honoring St. Frances Cabrini, Patron of the Immigrants!

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