New York City has been – and continues to be home to many celebrities – from writers to actors to athletes.
And, believe it or not, saints once walked our streets. There was Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born person to be canonized. She converted from the Episcopal Church in which she was raised and founded the Sisters of Charity.
There was also St. John Neumann, who was ordained at what is now Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. He later went on to become Bishop of Philadelphia.
And here in Brooklyn, another saint once ministered to the borough’s immigrant Italian community. Although Mother Frances Cabrini was not born in the U.S., she was the first citizen of this country to be canonized. On Sunday in Carroll Gardens, she was remembered in a unique way.
A mural of Mother Cabrini was unveiled, the work of a talented group of artists, who based their design on essays submitted by grade school students. Bishop DiMarzio, Carroll Gardens residents and local elected officials were on hand for the special occasion.