St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine

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Coordinates: 40°51′30″N 73°56′7″W / 40.85833°N 73.93528°W / 40.85833; -73.93528

The Shrine in 2010
The shrine's facade on Cabrini Boulevard (2013)

The St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine is located at 701 Fort Washington Avenue between Fort Tryon Park and West 190th Street, with a facade on Cabrini Boulevard, in the Hudson Heights neighborhood of Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan, New York City. It is dedicated to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who in 1946 became the first American citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.[1][2]

In 1933, the body of Mother Cabrini, who died in 1917, was exhumed and re-interred in a tomb in the chapel.[1][2] The current shrine was built in 1957.[1] It was designed by the architectural firm of De Sina & Pellegrino as a parabolic arch.

The shrine is home to a very rare pipe organ built by the Tamburini Organ Company of Crema, Italy, which features 2 manuals, 27 stops and 29 ranks. It is one of the very few organs from this noted Italian firm located in the United States.[3]

The shrine is adjacent to Mother Cabrini High School to its south. The street to the west of the shrine was renamed Cabrini Boulevard in her honor.

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  1. ^ a b c St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine, New York. Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Stella Maris Province, official website
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Tamburini Organ, AGO

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