An extensive and historic mural restoration is underway at the St. Frances X. Cabrini Shrine in NYC
The St. Frances Cabrini Shrine in New York City is seeing a transformation! Our priceless mosaic — 123’ long and 23’ tall — is being refurbished. First, the mural is being cleaned, and then, using the original tiles from the 1957-59 creation, this irreplaceable work is being restored to its original splendor.
Although the restoration requires scaffolding and noise for our visitors, the “before and afters” are already apparent, and we all, visitors, staff and Sisters, are grateful. Much credit goes to Sr. Mary Ann Hawes, MSC for her indefatigable awareness building and fundraising for this unparalleled piece of artwork, as well as the Provincial Office’s awareness of the spiritual and artisan importance of the mural. For our many immigrant visitors and pilgrims whose native language is not English, the narrative of the mosaic tells the story of Mother Cabrini and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with no words necessary