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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine
701 Fort Washington Avenue at 190th Street
New York, N.Y. 10040

Located in northern Manhattan just ten blocks from the George Washington Bridge, St. Frances Cabrini Shrine overlooks the tranquil banks of the Hudson River and the neighboring state of New Jersey.

In 1899, Mother Cabrini discovered this property as she drove her horse and buggy to what was then a remote northwest edge of New York City. The only buildings in this very rural area of Manhattan were the villas of the wealthy. She purchased the present property at 190th Street and Fort Washington Avenue, and opened Sacred Heart Villa, a “residential school for young ladies.”

Mother Cabrini always found great peace of mind and personal tranquility whenever she visited this site. She often stopped and rested at the villa during her worldwide travels spent in the task of establishing sixty-seven schools, hospitals, and other institutions of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She became a naturalized citizen in 1909. At the age of 67 she died in Chicago’s Columbus Hospital on December 22, 1917.

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