Dear Editor: It is a noble gesture to honor Mother Cabrini by establishing a fund to erect a statue of her in Brooklyn (“Mother Cabrini, a Heroine Who Should Be Recognized,” Put Out Into the Deep, Sept. 28). But it grants the city, by preemption, its responsibility to recognize what the majority of recently surveyed New Yorkers consider Mother Cabrini to be as a public figure, and as a woman who made “extraordinary contributions to the city and beyond.”
After marching in the Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 14, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York state will build a statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Brooklyn/Staten Island) said that she was contacted by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office on Oct. 11 to say that Mother Cabrini is still in the running for the next round of statues to be built around the city.
The Diocese of Brooklyn will have a float of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini at Manhattan’s Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 14. The float will be two or three car-lengths long, and will include youth and adults, according to a report.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis writes to the New York City Mayor’s Office expressing her strong opposition to the decision to deny Mother Frances Cabrini a statute in the “She Built NYC” competition.
Congressman Pete King joins other Italian-American leaders in support of erecting a New York City statue in honor of Mother Cabrini.
The cause is personal for Msgr. Cassato. One night in 1953, David Cassato, then 5 years old, was headed home from his grandparents’ house. He turned to his father and asked about a photo he had seen. That night, he first heard about Mother Cabrini, who had helped Msgr. Cassato’s grandparents when they came from Sicily to the Lower East Side of Manhattan on 1910 with nothing.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Italian Apostolate will hold a procession and Mass on Oct. 6 in support of a public statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.
Dear Editor: Thank you for promoting Mother Cabrini to be honored by erecting her statue in New York. She did receive the most votes and is a great example we need in these troubled times in our world. Let’s all pray to her for protection and peace.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
It seems incongruous that after a public information campaign began for “She Built NYC” to nominate women for statues to be erected in the City of New York, since women are unrepresented in our statuary, that the woman who received the most votes, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, was not chosen as worthy to be honored for her contribution to our City.