The sculptors behind the statue of Mother Cabrini in Battery Park, Giancarlo Biagi and Jill Burkee-Biagi, gave The Tablet an inside view of their process from concept to completion.
The woman whom Pope Francis heralded as a shining example of “love and intelligence” in ministering to the needs of immigrants and helping them become integral members of their new homelands, goes by the birth name of Francesca Saveria Cabrini, better known as Mother Cabrini.
In a major moment for Catholics and immigrants in New York City, a statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was officially unveiled on Columbus Day. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), popularly known as Mother Cabrini, is the patron saint of immigrants.
The New York State-funded Mother Cabrini statue, commemorated in St. Frances Xavier’s honor, will be unveiled in Battery Park on Oct. 12.
COVID-19 is forcing everyone to change their Columbus Day plans. The Columbus Citizens Foundation recently announced that the march will not be held in person but will be a virtual event.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini’s “Christ-like love for others is an inspiring example for all of us to this day,” said a statement from the Archdiocese of Denver issued in advance of Colorado’s new Cabrini Day honoring the patron of immigrants Oct. 5.
Dear Editor: Well, despite my Brooklyn birth and growing up in East New York at the then parish of St. Malachy’s, I fully support the South Cove site in Battery Park for the new statue of Mother Cabrini (“Mother Cabrini Statue Will Be Placed in Battery Park,” Dec. 21.)
This year will remembered as one of division. The nation was divided as a seemingly futile impeachment exercise paralyzed the country.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini’s statue will be built in Battery Park City on a spot facing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, a fitting spot for the Italian-American saint, who is known as the “patroness of immigrants.”
Ever since the saint was snubbed by New York City first lady Chirlane McCray’s She Built NYC’s panel to build public statues of historic women, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini — an Italian-American nun known for serving immigrants in the United States — has drawn so much public support that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York state will fund a statue of her.