The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was built in 1955 to celebrate her life and accomplishments. In 1946, Frances Cabrini was canonized as America’s first citizen-saint. In the 67 years she lived she founded 67 different institutions worldwide. Known as the Universal Patron Saint of Immigrants, Cabrini is considered one of the most influential women in American history.
2016 Birthday Benefit
The 2016 Cabrini Birthday Benefit took place in Chicago on July 13th. Nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate St. Cabrini. They gave thanks to God for her time on earth and the miracles she continues to work. Though the benefit dinner, which was held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, took place in the middle of a rainstorm, a beautiful rainbow appeared as the weather lightened. Many felt it was a sign from our dear Saint that she was present, ever vigilantly watching over her Shrine and ensuring the benefit’s success.
We are immensely grateful to our event’s Co-Chairs, Kevin and Mary Ellen Connellan, our benefit committee members, sponsors, staff and volunteers who helped to honor St. Cabrini. Their generous contributions and continued support help keep the Shrine a dynamic spiritual center in a city still so much in need of St. Cabrini’s mission and vision. We thank everyone in attendance for their presence and look forward to the 2017 celebration. ~submitted by Mary Kroeck
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2015 Birthday Benefit
Mother Cabrini founded Columbus Hospital in Chicago in 1905, a place where she lived, worked, and died. The Shrine dedicated in her honor was built as a chapel inside the hospital. The chapel became the center of worship and prayer for all. It was overseen by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the religious order founded by Mother Cabrini.
At the Shrine, the faithful are greeted by a space that is respectful and contemplative, as well as, a unique celebration of architecture and art. Magnificent frescoes and statuary adorn the interior of the chapel. A narthex invites visitors into the chapel. Outside the Shrine there is a garden that represents a haven of peace. Mother Cabrini’s room has been preserved, as it was when she died in 1917. An historical exhibit surrounds her room and is a magnet for pilgrims and those seeking her intercession and inspiration.
National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
2520 N. Lakeview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614