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Around the School Bell: “Societa Onoraria Italica”

“Societa Onoraria Italica” or the Italian Honors Society at Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School visited the shrine of Mother Cabrini at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini church in Manhattan. While the high school was founded by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Mother Cabrini founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (Photos: Msgr.McClancy M.H.S)

By Kelsey Marte

The students of the Italian Honors Society at Msgr. McClancy M.H.S., East Elmhurst, visited Mother Cabrini’s shrine and the Cloisters Museum. It was a great experience for all of us.


Mother Cabrini is the namesake of the Honor Society and we visited her shrine first. The first thing that caught my eye was the body of Mother Cabrini. I never saw a saint before and it intrigued me. The shrine was a beautiful place, decorated with images of Mother Cabrini and her acts of kindness. A special Mass was organized and the priest spoke about everyone having unique gifts and that we should use God’s blessings for good things.

I learned many new things about Mother Cabrini. I knew that she founded 67 institutions in 27 years, but I learned that she helped many immigrants. Her mission was to help those in need. She is seen as a role model and will never be forgotten. She was an extraordinary woman who did well on this earth. After Mass we had lunch and took pictures before going to the Cloisters Museum.

Visiting the museum was fun and I learned a lot about medieval art. Beautiful paintings were on the walls and various sculptures were really fantastic. The stone walls were outstanding and made you feel like you were living in ancient times for a short period of time. One of my favorite parts of the trip was the beautiful view of the Hudson River we saw on the way out.

Kelsey Marte is a senior at Msgr. McClancy M.H.S, East Elmhurst.

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