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.