At the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, CO, our newly renovated and expanded gift shop and additional restrooms are open! We invite you to come and see the beautiful, new space and shop our great selection of religious articles and merchandise. The gift shop is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
To date, $3,170,635 has been raised for our capital campaign. We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed thus far! A $1 million, dollar for dollar match, has been generously offered to help us meet our campaign goal and complete this renovation project.
We invite you to please consider a donation to help us reach our $4.5 million goal so we can begin the chapel remodel and expansion in the fall. Please join us in praying for the Shrine and the success of our campaign. To learn more about the campaign and the further expansion plans please click here
Our hearts were filled with joy when we learned of the decision of the State of Colorado to dedicate an annual holiday on the first Monday in October to Mother Cabrini, the Patron Saint of Immigrants, [especially during] this Hispanic pride month! We felt even more joy when the Hispanic people themselves took the initiative to celebrate Cabrini Day at the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, CO – in a manner, of course, in compliance with the norms dictated by the pandemic.
It was a beautiful and heartfelt celebration in which our Bishop Jorge Rodríguez spoke to us, as Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of our commitment as daughters of the great Mother Cabrini in today’s world. In his remarks he said, we pray in the Eucharist to our ‘dreamers’ who have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and to the four of the fifteen countries with TPS (Temporary Protected Status) who are in danger of having to leave our country soon. We also remember the children who have lost their lives trying to reach this country, that one day the doors will be opened to so many.
At the celebration, there was the presence of the Consuls of El Salvador and Peru along with the participation of the Provincial of “Friar Servants of Mary” and the parish priest of “Nuestra Señora Del Monte Carmelo”, a parish where Mother Cabrini first arrived in Colorado with our sisters.
The Mexican folklore could not be missing! It was an afternoon full of color, gratitude, and hope in the Patron Saint of Immigrants. There was a beautiful cake with the image of Mother Francesca Cabrini and a toast in honor of our immigrants and refugees from all over the world.
At the Shrine there was also a ‘Cabrini Church’ – a caravan of cars that let it be known through several streets of nearby towns that we were celebrating this great woman. The school children met us with banners emblazoned with the Patron Saint of Immigrants and shouting full of sincerity and hope: PRAY FOR US!
We do not doubt that if Mother Francesca were alive today, she would be walking with this Hispanic town in the State of Colorado.
May this event be an opportunity for many more to draw closer to the person of Mother Cabrini and for many young women to feel inspired to respond like Mother Cabrini to the Lord, who calls them to follow Him.
As many know by now, Monday, October 5 was the inaugural Frances Cabrini Day in the state of Colorado. Earlier this year, Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 1031, which designates a paid state holiday named after St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. Cabrini Day is also the first paid state holiday named for a woman. While the Missionary Sisters and the Shrine were not a part of the legislative development of Cabrini Day, we were eager to celebrate our beloved saint and share her legacy.
The first Cabrini Day at Mother Cabrini Shrine was a joyous, beautiful Colorado fall day. Even during these challenging days of Covid-19, many first time and returning visitors alike came to the Shrine wearing their masks, and while social distancing were able to celebrate and honor Mother Cabrini and learn more about her life of love and service and her dedication to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In a touching message on Cabrini Day, Frances Owens, the former First Lady of Colorado, commented:
Mother Cabrini is special in our family not only because she is my namesake, but also that of my granddaughter, Sofia Frances. Coincidentally, Sofia was born on December 22nd – and Mother Cabrini died on December 22nd!
I am so honored that my parents named me Frances; and that my daughter and son-in-law chose to include it as Sofie’s middle name
Multiple media outlets and social media sites covered this historic day and interviewed some of the Missionary Sisters. We look forward to future Cabrini Day celebrations!
For a TV interview with Sr. Lucy Panettieri, MSC, click here
For a TV interview with Sr. Lucy Panettieri, MSC and Sr. Roselle Santivasi, MSC click here
For a newspaper interview with Sr. Roselle Santivasi, MSC in The Gazette click here
For a column in the Denver Post click here
For a magazine article in Denver Catholic click here
Earlier this year, the Colorado Legislature passed Frances Xavier Cabrini House Bill 20-1031 into law, establishing Frances Cabrini Day as a Colorado State Holiday. The first paid state holiday in the nation that recognizes a woman, Cabrini Day will be observed in Colorado annually on the first Monday in October. (October 5, 2020)
Mother Cabrini dedicated her life to helping the poor, the sick, immigrants and those less fortunate. Her story is rich with determination, grit and an unshakable faith in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This day is about her story and we are eager for people to learn of it and be inspired by her life and all she accomplished.
To learn more: www.cabriniday.com
“In its ministry to young people, and especially in vocations promotion work, church workers must step out of the sacristy and take seriously the questions and concerns of the young.
Young people are searching for meaning, and the best response is to go out to where they are, stop and listen to them and then call them to follow Jesus”.
~ Pope Francis
The Holy Spirit Community in Denver had a beautiful vocational experience in our Mother Cabrini Shrine on Sunday, July 19, 2020. It was a “Come and See” experience in which eleven young women whom have expressed to Sr. Martha Lopez, MSC their desire and their thoughts about the possibility of religious life. They came to dedicate a day to the discernment of their vocation.
After living the Eucharist together, the young women had spaces for personal reflection, silence, and solitude. There were also moments to share their doubts, expectations, and concerns.
MSC Vocation Director Sister Lucy Panettieri, MSC shared her own vocation story in a youthful and open way. The young ladies had many questions and all were discussed and answered. They were happy and excited and asked to make a weekend “Come and See” in the near future. In addition, they were invited to come to our house to speak personally with Sr. Lucy and receive close vocational support from her. Our novice, Tigist Loha, shared her lunch hour with them since she was working in the Shrine that day. She integrated herself spontaneously, which encouraged and motivated our young women.
Let us continue to pray for these young women and for all those who are discerning their religious vocation. Let us remember what was said in the Synod of Bishops on youth and vocations: “It is necessary to accompany young people, walk with them, listen to them, provoke them, move them to go beyond the comforts, favoring freedom so that they respond to the call of the Lord freely and responsibly”.
Now is such a time in our history that our working in unity towards our greater mission will shape our journey together. How we act, what we say, the way we treat one another, the heart with which we respond, will be recounted by generations to come.
We have been through so many challenges as an Institute over the past nearly 140 years since our courageous foundress set sail to New York for the first time in 1880. Over the years we have faced great wars, internal conflict, disease, and many other trials, and yet we have always overcome.
Sister Barbara Staley, MSC
Read the letter statement from Sister Barbara Staley, MSC General Superior.
Over the next weeks, we have been asked by the MSC Generalate in Rome to invite you to submit stories of the Missionary Sisters who have touched your life, particularly, perhaps, in time of difficulty. These stories will be posted on the website of the Generalate: www.cabriniworld.org and we will also feature your stories in The Update and on www.mothercabrini.org
We also encourage each of you to send brief messages of faith and inspiration from your own lives, both from the past and from what you are witnessing or experiencing now. Share how you are coping with our current reality. What is your routine? What gives you joy? What gives you strength? Have you developed a new spiritual practice? Do you have a favorite prayer or mantra that would be helpful for others? In this way, it is hoped that we can draw upon our Cabrinian friendships and connections to give us strength and optimism during these challenging times. Invite younger voices to share how they are dealing with this new reality as they miss their teachers, classmates, their school sports, clubs and extra-curricular activities. And with your narratives, please feel free to share photos, as well.
In submitting stories and reflections please send to both of these emails:
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Mother Cabrini once said, “There is room here for every talent and inclination.” We know that a vibrant sense of community is at the heart of the Institute of the Missionary Sisters. At this time when we must engage in social distancing, it is hoped that by sharing our stories we will strengthen those Cabrinian ties we hold so dearly.
Stories from Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, CO
The heart of our mission is prayer and hospitality. Our daily routine of morning Mass, retreats, praying and lighting candles at the grotto, drinking water from the spring, walking the steps and interacting with our visitors came to a screeching halt with the Coronavirus restrictions. Mother Cabrini Shrine is open 365 days a year and to completely close the Shrine was surreal. Like so many around the world and in the Cabrini family, we too are searching for ways to stay connected with each other and to keep our mission alive in new and creative ways during this time.
Feeding the Hungry
Every Thursday, Shrine staff members, Tom Francis and John McEncroe, pick up food donations from Safeway, King Soopers, Red Robin and other vendors in the Denver metro area. We often have more than the Shrine can needs, so we have partnered with EChO – Evergreen Christian Outreach. EChO assists people in the community with their basic and
urgent needs. Their mission, following the gospels, is to “…feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick…and love one another as He loves us.” During this coronavirus shutdown, we are thankful that our food vendors are still donating and that we are able to deliver it to EChO. The staff at EChO sent over some photos of their food pantry and expressed their gratitude that the Shrine is still able to deliver food during a time when the need for it is greater than ever.
United in Prayer via Social Media and the Internet
We recently completed a nine-day novena to Mother Cabrini, sending it out via email and social media. The novena gave us a chance to pray together and draw inspiration from each other. So many have shared that they were able to find solace in the routine of the novena knowing so many were united in prayer during those nine days. The urging of Pope Francis to pray the rosary, the Our Father and the “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and the World) blessing, were all ways that united us in prayer during these challenging times.
What a gift social media can be to keep in touch, pray together and share heartwarming stories. We draw inspiration from you, Missionary Sisters and lay collaborators! We love to read your encouraging letters, stories of love and resilience and we are grateful for the life and faith of our foundress, St. Frances Cabrini.
We send our love and prayers to you from Colorado and wish you a Happy and healthy Holy Week and Easter!
More Stories from Colorado
Dear Sisters and Laity,
From the mountains of Colorado we would like to communicate to you how the Holy Spirit community is living the “Shut Down”. This time of crisis and social distancing has given our community the opportunity to grow in connectedness, spending more time together in prayer, meals and recreation. This proves that we are able to make lemonade out of lemons if we have the will and a positive outlook that is based on love and faith.
Wednesday is our community day. We enjoy each other’s company by inventing different things to do together without jeopardizing our safety or the safety of others. For example, this past Wednesday we had a beautiful day barbecuing hamburgers and having a picnic on our patio. The first picnic of the year and the following day, we woke up with two inches of snow which disappeared by the end of the day. This is the way things are in the “Mile High City”.
But what are we doing for others? In this time of anxiety and fear for many?
Sr. Alice Zanon is constantly answering request for prayers and giving advice to the Shrine pilgrims who are devotees of the Sacred Heart and Mother Cabrini. Of course, the Shrine is closed and so she answers tons of emails from home with her gentle and comforting words that calm the body and the spirit.
Sr. Martha Lopez continues her ministry by praying and meeting with people on Zoom and WhatsApp. She is a comforting voice to many desperate undocumented families who have been laid off and can’t pay their bills. Others are desperate and fearful of getting sick with no insurance to back them up. She also keeps in contact with parishioners who have contracted the Corona virus and are at home in isolation and very sick.
Sr. Tigist Loha is keeping up with her novitiate studies on the charism and spirit of the Institute in addition to having classes with Sr. Alice to improve her reading skills in English
Sr. Lucy Panettieri has a phone line with people who live alone, need someone to keep them company even if it is for 15 to 30 minutes every few days. These are the opportunities to talk to them and to make them conscious that God is listening to their prayers.
On Palm Sunday, we celebrated at home. We put a branch of pine with palms blessed last year near our door. It is a sacramental symbol of our Catholic faith.
We are united to all of you and be assured that we pray for your intentions,
Sr. Alice Zanon, MSC, Sr. Martha Lopez, MSC, Sr. Tigist Loha, Novice, Sr. Lucy Panettieri, MSC
~ by Roxanne King of the Denver Catholic
workday, facilities manager Tom Francis starts his morning in the same way. He enters the chapel at Mother Cabrini Shrine on Lookout Mountain, turns on the lights and addresses a statue of the Shrine’s namesake.
“I tell her, ‘OK boss, this is your place. I’m just a pair of hands. You need to help me or we won’t be able to be here for those who come.’”
On December 1, Tommy, as he is affectionately called, marked 50 years as an employee of the Shrine, which is named after St. Frances X. Cabrini. The Shrine staff honored the energetic 71-year- old with a Mass and luncheon.
“Tommy has a deep devotion to Mother Cabrini,” said JoAnn Seaman, Development Director. “He has had a huge impact on the Shrine and what it has become…He is very humble and gives all the credit to Cabrini.”
Tommy was recognized for service that started when he was a 21-year-old college student who labored summers, nights and weekends at the Shrine and lived with his parents, grandmother and siblings in the caretaker’s house. But, in reality his service began when he was still a child and his father, Carl, worked as the maintenance manager for Mother Cabrini’s Queen of Heaven Orphanage in north Denver which operated from 1905-1967 and was torn down in 1969.
“I was blessed to work with my dad and to be around the [Missionary] Sisters all the time,” Tommy said.
Even after Tommy finished college and was working full-time as a math teacher, he continued working part-time at the Shrine. Upon retiring from a successful 30-year teaching career in 2003, he began laboring full-time at the Shrine.
“Mother Cabrini bought this property in 1910 primarily as the summer home for the girls of the Queen of Heaven Orphanage,” Tommy explained.
In his years with the Shrine, Tommy, with the help of many volunteers, has beautified and enhanced the tranquility of the grounds with his landscaping skills.
JoAnn Seaman said, “He knows every inch of this place like the back of his hand.”
Our sisters would not have been able to maintain this ministry without Tommy and his family, who have worked for the sisters since the time of the orphanage,” said Sr. Roselle Santivasi, MSC. “Every Missionary Sister knows Tom Francis and his family. They are a large part of why the Shrine mission has succeeded and has brought the presence of God to so many people.”
A widower for 27 years, he raised two daughters, Tommy met his current wife, Sarah, when she moved to Golden as a Cabrini Mission Corps missioner. The couple will mark their 10th anniversary in March. Sarah is just one of the blessings Mother Cabrini has brought Tommy as he labors at her Shrine.
“You can feel a connection with Mother Cabrini here – you can feel her presence,” Tommy asserted. “Even though
we no longer have orphans, about 50 percent of our visitors are immigrants who have a great devotion to Mother Cabrini. The Sisters still work with the poor and it’s still the Cabrini vision to spread God’s love through the world.”
“Since my dad started working for the Sisters in 1930, it’s my goal to continue working to 2030 so that we can have 100 [consecutive] years of service to St. Frances Cabrini in Denver,” he said, not satisfied with the 104 combined years they have already given. “The Shrine is a wonderful place to be. It’s blessing after blessing.” ~ submitted by JoAnn Seaman, Mother Cabrini Shrine
To download the complete article: http://read.uberflip.com/i/1212006-dc-february-22-2020
Sr. Tigist, a Cabrini Novice, went to Denver on January 21st to have a six month mission experience. Everyone was telling her how cold Denver would be. Coming from Ethiopia, where the climate is mild, she became a little apprehensive. On arriving in Denver we had some pretty good weather. But the third week we were hit by a snow storm that accumulated at least 22 in of snow in some areas and more in Golden where the Mother Cabrini Shrine is located. She was happy to see the beautiful wonderland of white snow-capped mountains, trees, houses and beautiful white fields. What a WONDERLAND!
Sr. Tigist is missioned as a volunteer aid at the Notre Dame Early Learning Center. She helps the teachers in early learning, pre-K and Kindergarten. She is a Montessori teacher in Ethiopia and loves working with the children in Notre Dame Catholic School.
She soon found out the bureaucracy she had to go through before she could volunteer. Security check, finger printing, and a safety course. When she had everything completed she could start her dream of being with children again. Her first day of school she needed to take the bus to come home. What an adventure! She fought with the snow since there were no pathways on the side walk but she did it and was proud of it. Yes, she got home safely.
On the weekends she is also missioned at Mother Cabrini Shrine to meet the pilgrims and to do odds and ends. She has shown her amazement at the people that come to the Shrine to visit and to fulfill promises made to St. Frances X. Cabrini for favors received. She was sharing that one woman was cured of cancer and came to fulfill her promise not by walking on her feet but by moving forward on her knees towards the Grotto. The woman told her story to Sr. Tigist and they both cried together. What a tender and touching experience.
On President’s Day, she was invited to have lunch with an Ethiopian family here in Denver. She was accompanied by Sr. Martha Lopez, MSC. Can you believe the happiness of meeting one of her country people and enjoying scrumptious Ethiopian food?! The Sisters are with the family enjoying themselves and sharing memories from their beloved country.
The 18th Annual Mother Cabrini Shrine Gala took place at the Pinnacle Club at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver on Friday, June 21. 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. Sr. Diane Olmstead, MSC, Provincial, of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus gave the invocation and welcome.
The Company for Cabrini Award was given to FOCUS, The Fellowship of Catholic University Students. FOCUS is a wonderful organization of missionaries who spread the gospel and the love of Jesus on college campuses all over the world. Their headquarters are near the Shrine and their leadership and administrative teams often come to Mass and use the retreat facilities at the Shrine.
See The Company for Cabrini Video:
The Spirit of Cabrini Award was given to Rick & Dionne Lewis. Rick is a popular radio show host of two daily radio shows and he is also the Denver Broncos Color Analyst. Rick and Dionne and their family have had a special connection to Mother Cabrini Shrine for three decades and they have been so generous with their financial support.
See the Spirit of Cabrini Award Video:
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 in Colorado. The Shrine was in dire need of new snow removal equipment. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and friends in the Paddle Raiser, we are able to purchase a new front end loader and keep the road to the Shrine open.
Additional Gala Photos can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/141021425@N02/?fbclid=IwAR0-1z30F6dKSO2q6hgg_e5VU-vSVDyliGLwCvAUFMq4hcxnyPYSV6dB1lg