Search for Artists to Develop Memorial Now Open, Design Proposals Can Be Submitted Here
Memorial Honors the Legacy of Mother Cabrini, Who Dedicated Her Life to Serving Her Community and Those in Need
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Mother Cabrini Memorial will be placed in Battery Park City's South Cove in direct view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Mother Cabrini Memorial Commission has also begun its search for artists who will design and execute the Memorial honoring the legacy of Mother Cabrini. Mother Cabrini founded dozens of institutions that served the less fortunate, including educational organizations and programs to support her fellow Italian-Americans who immigrated to the United States.
"This memorial will honor the legacy of Mother Cabrini - a great New Yorker and Italian-American - and the Commission chose a site that perfectly symbolizes her commitment to helping new Americans settle in the United States," Governor Cuomo said. "We want this memorial to pay tribute to the charity and goodwill she spread to countless others in her lifetime, and I look forward to seeing the designs that the artists propose to capture that spirit of her generosity."
Experienced artists can find guidelines for proposed designs and may submit proposals via this link: https://www.governor.ny.gov/cabrinimemorial. Proposals must be completed and submitted online by Friday, January 31, 2020 before 11:59 pm EST.
The Mother Cabrini Memorial Commission will review and select finalists from the submitted proposals and will recommend proposals to the Governor for his final selection. The budget for design and fabrication of the memorial site and artwork is approximately $750,000.
The Mother Cabrini Commission was established on October 24, 2019 at the direction of the Governor. The Commission is comprised of 19 members appointed by the Governor.
Mother Cabrini's Legacy
Mother Cabrini was an Italian-American who founded many organizations to help the needy. She was the youngest of 13 children, born in Lombardy in 1850, and before migrating to the United States, she took vows and founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, an order that served and schooled orphans.
Mother Cabrini arrived to the United States in 1889 on a mission to help Italian migrants. While in New York, she taught at St. Joachim's parish, the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, and the Transfiguration Catholic Church - all in Manhattan - as well as St. Rita of Cascia in The Bronx and the Church of St. Stephen in Brooklyn. She also founded the Columbus Hospital, which was eventually renamed the Cabrini Medical Center and was housed in Manhattan for many years before closing in 2008.
Mother Cabrini was originally buried in West Park and is now interred at the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine in Manhattan, which she founded. In 1946, nearly 30 years after her death, Mother Cabrini became the first naturalized U.S. citizen to be canonized. She is recognized as the patron saint of immigrants. Several academic institutions, religious buildings and hospitals across New York are named after her.