Historically, this site was home to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, a missionary religious woman who helped shape America's social and health care system in the early twentieth century. Mother Cabrini lived, worked and died in Chicago, having established 67 institutions of care around the world.
Spiritually, it is the only National Shrine dedicated to the First American Citizen Saint and the Patron of Immigrants in the Catholic Church. Visitors come from around the world to visit this spiritual center.
Architecturally, the Chapel is a celebration of Carerra marble, Florentine stained glass windows, gold mosaics, colorful frescoes and Romanesque splendor.
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Part of what makes the Shrine so special is greeting visitors from all walks of life and from all over the world. Whether they come because of their deep devotion to Mother Cabrini, their history with Columbus Hospital or their interest in learning about the compelling First American Citizen Saint that lived, worked and died in Chicago, they all delight in the unique and sacred experience of visiting and touring the Shrine