At St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine, on a gorgeous wood site in Northern Manhattan, you will find the shrine of Mother Cabrini. This site houses the most precious remains of the beloved Saint Frances, which were moved here from Wood Park in 1933, 16 years after her death. Saint Francis was canonized in 1946, and a new shrine was built here in 1957 to
properly memorialize her legacy and significance.
St. Frances Cabrini was an Italian born immigrant and the first U.S. citizen to be canonized by the Catholic Church. From a young age, St. Frances devoted her life to religious work and eventually founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1880. Because of advice given by Pope Leo XIII, St. Frances came to America instead of China as she had planned and started working with deprived Italian immigrants in New York. Though her health declined over the years, St. Frances established nearly 70 homes plus a number of schools, orphanages, and hospitals.
St. Frances' New York shrine serves as a welcome center for new immigrants and pilgrims of many nationalities, a center to pray and reflect upon Mother Cabrini, her influence, and the Catholic Church as a whole. Once here you may tour the chapel, lush grounds, and various meeting spots as you enjoy the details of the buildings metal work, decorative brickwork, stained glass windows, and larger than life mosaics. Attend daily mass and prayer and observe the other daily events.
Your group will love all the history, architecture, and spiritual culture enveloped in this stop, as well as the learning experiences! Be sure to bring your camera to capture the uniquely gorgeous architecture (though not during Mass, please) and save some time to visit the onsite gift shop, complete with books, educational guides, and souvenirs.