Please Support The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

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For almost 50 years, the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was part of, and supported by, Columbus Hospital.

Today the Shrine stands alone as its own entity, an enduring symbol of the sacred mission of Mother Cabrini; to bring God’s Word to the world.


Your generous gift will help us to continue to keep the Shrine open as a quiet and holy place of contemplation. The Shrine is a welcoming place for people of all faiths, and remains a focal point for the the continuing mission of Mother Cabrini, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the many lay contributors who help keep the mission alive around the world.

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An Invitation from Sister Joan McGlinchey and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Dear Friends,


Thank you for your interest in the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago. Mother Cabrini, as she is so affectionately called by many, was a shining example of putting one’s Love of God in Action.


Her relationship with God gave her the strength and inspiration to “Welcome” the multitudes in dire need that she and her Missionary Sisters served so generously in hospitals, orphanages, schools and shelters. From Italy to the United States, from Brazil to Nicaragua and beyond, Mother Cabrini was a bridge between God and the most vulnerable; the affluent and the poor, the newly arrived immigrant and the well-established citizen.


So with Mother Cabrini as their guide, our Missionary Sisters and our devoted laity are reopening the National Shrine in Chicago which was closed ten years ago. Our Vision is to rekindle awareness of Mother’s life and mission and establish the National Shrine as a dynamic spiritual center in Chicago by:


• Becoming a vibrant Eucharistic presence offering quality Liturgy in Word and Sacrament to the faithful and fostering Eucharistic devotion in all its rich forms.


• Sharing Mother Cabrini’s story in creative new ways so her powerful message and example of Love of God in Action will impact lives today!


• Hosting thousands of children from our Catholic schools and youth of all ages from our city’s culturally diverse neighborhoods so young people have an opportunity to encounter a real saint who lived in Chicago and who can still inspire their own personal call to holiness and mission.


• Offering a warm welcome and vital programs that meet the needs of the modern day pilgrim, the spiritually hungry, the stranger, the marginalized, the immigrant; those who know God and those who still seek to find God in their lives.


We invite you to express your Love of God in Action and help us realize the promise of our vision for the Shrine. First, we ask that you pray for the success of our Shrine mission and ministry. Then, if you have the means, please consider making a contribution to the National Shrine. Your gift will be used to fund our efforts to touch the lives of those who need to hear God’s Good News. Simply click on the link below and you can help us as we assist others move forward in their journey with God.


Thank you for your continued interest in our Shrine mission and for your ongoing prayers and support.


Sister Joan McGlinchey, MSC
Representative of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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