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Friday, September 23, 2016

Visiting the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Peru, New York

Just steps away from
Saint Patrick's Church
is a small, windowed

This is Mother Cabrini's Shrine.  Born in Italy in 1850, Maria Francesca Cabrini, became a nun and founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  In 1889 she emigrated to the United States.  Mother Cabrini and her fellow sisters worked in neglected Italian immigrant communities: opening schools, hospitals and orphanages to care for those in need.

Mother Cabrini became a naturalized US citizen in 1909 and died in 1917.  She was canonized and declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in 1946.

Known as America's first saint,  Mother Cabrini is known as the Patron Saint of Immigrants. Her life of service to immigrants is celebrated at this shrine.

Cousins, Travis & Trish,
were married here 
last year.

The Shrine was built with
the simplest materials.

Visitors leave small tokens on
the ledge near the statue
of Mother Cabrini.

The Margit Aytur  Memorial
Walk Path is in the woods,
behind the shrine.

Religious scenes are found
 along the path.

This one is Brother Andre
ministering to those in

A Celtic Cross has been 
erected to honor the Irish
families that founded

Walk the Stations of the Cross
during your visit.

Across the road is a stand of White Birch & a meditative area
with seating & a Cross.  

Mother Cabrini's Shrine is lovely.  Surrounded by nature, it is a restful place to pray and restore one's soul.  

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