With spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and the city of Denver, the 16th Annual Mother Cabrini Shrine Gala took place at the Pinnacle Club at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver on Friday, June 23, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The near sold-out crowd enjoyed a wonderful evening that included a silent and live auction, raffle and dinner all in support of Mother Cabrini Shrine. Jeff Lewis, Shrine administrator, introduced the Missionary Sisters in attendance and gave a short presentation of the Shrine’s mission statement and ministry and explained that the purpose of the gala was to further support these efforts.
The Company for Cabrini Award was given to Spero Winery. Clyde and June Spero have a long history with the Shrine and the Missionary Sisters. They also host a wine tasting and dinner each November with all proceeds going to the Shrine.
The Spirit of Cabrini Award was given to The Dire Family, in memory of Mike and Lorraine Dire. For many years, the Dires coordinated a weekly bingo to help the Shrine financially. Lorraine’s parents lived in North Denver and met Mother Cabrini when they repaired her shoes at their family business.
The money raised at the gala is used for the operations, maintenance and special projects of the Shrine and it helps us continue our ministry and the great legacy of St. Frances Cabrini. We are so grateful to everyone has supported this event over the years.
The Mother Cabrini Shrine Summer Feast and Bazaar took place July 15 & 16 and was a celebration in honor of the birth of St. Frances Cabrini and her canonization. It was a faith and fun-filled weekend with Masses, rosary processions, Spanish Dancers, food booths, games, handmade craft items. Spanish Dancers entertained all with their dancing and beautiful costumes. A dove release in Cabrini Gardens was a special addition to the weekend as we honored Mother Cabrini’s life and ministry.
Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, Auxiliary Bishop of Denver, celebrated the 11 a.m. Mass in English and the 2 p.m. Mass in Spanish and both services filled the chapel to capacity and then some. It was a beautiful weekend of celebration.