What is a Shrine?

A Shrine is a Catholic church or other sacred place that houses the remains or relics of a saint or other holy person, which is the object of religious veneration and pilgrimage.

A National Shrine is given this higher distinction by the National Conference of Bishops, in order to recognize its special historical, cultural and religious significance.


We are a National Shrine dedicated to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first American citizen Saint and the Patroness of Immigrants. Pilgrims from all over the world come with the intention of having a profound religious experience. This is an effort of the great journey of human life toward God. Her room and other artifacts are preserved here. All are welcome in this sacred place.

The Shrine provides remarkable opportunity for people of all faiths to be spiritually renewed and to deepen their relationship with God through prayer, Eucharistic celebration and Adoration. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about the fascinating life of Mother Cabrini. She is a modern day Saint who embodies the idea of putting your faith to work on behalf of the most vulnerable in society. The Missionary Sisters are pleased to introduce to a new generation a holy woman who lived, worked and died in Chicago and made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many through her faith.