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Mother Cabrini High School & Shrine

Mother Cabrini High School was founded in 1899 by St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and continues to be sponsored by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the order she founded. What began as a “residential school for young ladies” remains today an institution dedicated to secondary education of young women. Mother Cabrini High School is among the nation’s award winning schools and is the only Catholic High School in New York State to receive the U.S. Department of Education “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” award for 1997-98. MCHS previously won the award in 1986

Mother Cabrini High School Chapel:

The final resting place of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is located at 701 Fort Washington Avenue, New York. She is underneath an altar canonized as the First United States citizen Saint. The glass enclosed around her allows us to see her frail body often talked about when describing her. If standing under the altar, looking up you can see different religious scenes taking place with numerous amounts of candles surrounding the altar. The dome effect of the ceiling gives the viewer a heavenly feel and can imaging Mother Cabrini always looking up to the heavens at her final resting spot. The gold that outlines the altar lets us know that she is an important figure but the beams of light it appears to be giving off just is another way of showing her to be a saintly figure. The red carpet is usually rolled out for kings and maybe that is why it surrounds Frances Cabrini at her final resting place. The white shroud that drapes the altar is a sign for purity. That was one virtue she maintained until death.

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Mother Cabrini High School & Shrine

701 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10040
212-923-3540 phone
212-781-2051 TTY

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Public Transportation
Take the A train to the West 190th Street stop. Take the elevator to the Fort Washington Avenue exit. The school is across the street to your left. Take the A train to 190th St. in Manhattan. Follow the signs for The Cloisters, and take the elevator to the surface. Walk up the stairs to the street (Fort Washington Ave.) and turn left. The orange brick building about a block south and across the street is the Cabrini Shrine. By Bus:

Directions & Parking
From the West Side: Take the West Side Highway North to the 178th street exit; no left turn allowed. Drive straight ahead one block and turn left onto Broadway. Then, turn left onto 180th Street. Next, turn right onto Fort Washington Avenue. The school is after 190th street on your left. From the East Side: Take the East River Drive to the Harlem River Drive. Take the Harlem River Drive to its 179th Street exit. Drive up the exit ramp and turn right onto Amsterdam Avenue. From Amsterdam Avenue make an immediate left turn onto 179th Street. Drive along 179th Street and make a right turn onto Fort Washington Avenue. The school is after 190th street on your left.

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