National Shrine of St. Frances Cabrini Reopens in Chicago

After a decade shrouded in scaffolding, the National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini reopened Sunday Sept. 28.  Cardinal Francis George celebrated the two hour Mass which was attended by Missionary Sisters from all parts of the globe. Sr. Christine Marie Baltas, MSC., President Marie George, and Vice President Gene Castellano represented Cabrini College.   Originally a chapel for Columbus Hospital, which was founded by Mother Cabrini, the shrine had been closed since 2002. Construction crews built skyrise condominiums in place of the old medical buildings. The selling price of the condos ranges from $900,000 to $15 million.     In the homily, Cardinal George recalled that he had questioned whether the shrine should reopen.  But the Missionary Sisters convinced him that it should stay at the site.  The Cardinal stated that Sisters who led the preservation effort “proved to be correct.”  Photos of the National Shrine are available here.

Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director

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