St. Frances Xavier “Mother” Cabrini's impact in New York

Dec 13, 2019 2014

BY: Erin DeGregorio

Upon coming to America in 1889 from Italy, Saint Frances Xavier “Mother” Cabrini and her seven Sisters helped newly arrived Italian immigrants in Lower Manhattan who were struggling with poverty. Her order organized catechism and educational classes, opened an orphanage and founded Columbus Hospital (now part of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center).

Cabrini herself taught at St. Joachim’s parish, the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, the Transfiguration Catholic Church, and even St. Rita of Cascia in the Bronx. A few years later, then-Archbishop of New York Michael Corrigan no longer felt Cabrini’s services were needed and recommended that she be relocated to the Diocese of Brooklyn instead.

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