The 70's have been an important decade among the Italian Americans: a renewed sense of pride for their heritage grew through the community, and important organization were founded. One of these is NOIAW, the National Organization of Italian American Women. Aileen Riotto Sirey, Ph.D., is one of the founders and Chair Emerita of this beloved institu...

In the apse of a midcentury chapel in Upper Manhattan, there is a sparkling mosaic mural that depicts the life of America's first saint, Frances Xavier Cabrini.   The mural was recently restored to its original luster using period tiles, or tesserae, made of various types of marble (Carrara, Botticino) as well as gilded Venetian glass tiles,...

Per arrivare su in cima, si devono percorrere 373 gradini. E lì ti accoglie una enorme statua del Sacro Cuore di Gesù scolpita da un artista italiano, che guarda dritto verso valle. Intorno a te, le Montagne Rocciose. In fondo, la città di Denver, che sembra come una cattedrale nel deserto.   Si presenta così il picco più alto del Mother's C...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Board of Directors recently voted to create a special one-time NIAF Emanuele and Emilia Inglese Memorial Grant of $100,000 to support the "Save the Saint" restoration project by the International Patrons of Duomo di Milano. "It is our hope that this grant will serve as a leadership gift to encourage...

Daniele Marconcini, governatore del Distretto Italia di Filitalia International e presidente dell'Associazione dei Mantovani nel Mondo Onlus, e Matteo Cazzulani, segretario per l'Armonizzazione e l'Integrazione del Distretto Italia di Filitalia International, nella giornata di ieri, martedì 15 luglio, hanno reso omaggio alla memoria di Santa Madre...

On the (virtual) road again, our trip around the US searching for Italian traces brings us today in Colorado. Again, not among the first States usually mentioned regarding the Italian emigration to the United States, but we will discover that there's a lot of Italy here too, starting from its motto that has its origin in Virgil's Aeneid: "Nil sine...

by Lily Rothman It takes a long time to become a saint — unless you're Frances Cabrini, the woman who 70 years ago became the first American saint. By the time Catholicism was well established in the United States, it was a lot harder to become a saint than it once had been, as the Catholic Church had stabilized the canonization process, as T...

Chicago's Lincoln Park is one of the priciest neighborhoods in the city. But it's also home to a sacred place honoring a champion of the poor. The shrine and chapel dedicated to Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini had been shuttered for a decade, and there were concerns that it might never reopen. But it has. The site was rededicated on Sunday with a mas...

New York and Milan, two important cities, divided by an ocean yet so alike in the respect for culture, food and love of the arts. A new project, Save the Saint, is bringing the two closer by revealing an extremely interesting element of shared history. Save the Saint is a crowd-funding campaign launched by International Patrons of Duomo di Milano...

The first American citizen to be canonized a saint was an immigrant to our country and her life was dedicated to the care of immigrants. Coming to America, however, wasn't what Frances Cabrini had in mind when she journeyed from Milan to Rome in AD 1887 to meet with the Successor of Peter. She wanted be a missionary in China.   From the time...