Today in LES History: Mother Cabrini Leaves Italy to Begin Charity Work in NYC

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 at 8:10 am by
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1889 – Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini (July 15, 1850 – December 22, 1917) left her native home in Italy to begin charity work in New York City.

She arrived in Little Italy on March 31, where she immediately began raising money and recruited volunteers to assist Italian immigrants. Against all odds, Mother Cabrini raised enough to open several schools and orphanages — perhaps most notably, the Columbus Hospital at 226 East 20th Street — which eventually merged with the Italian Hospital and became known as Cabrini Medical Center.

Throughout her career, Mother Cabrini opened 67 institutions throughout the US, Europe and South America, and was canonized in 1946 by Pope Pius XII.

Today in LES History is compiled by Lower East Side History Project, an award-winning non-profit organization which offers research, consulting and daily public and private walking tours. See the full schedule here: http://leshp.org.

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