A statue of St Frances Xavier Cabrini, the patron of immigrants, now stands overlooking the New York Harbour and the Statue of Liberty.
Unveiled during a dedication ceremony in Battery Park City on Columbus Day, (12th October), the statue honours Mother Cabrini, as she is best known. She is revered for not only her devotion to immigrants but also to children and the destitute.
The sculpture, designed by Jill and Giancarlo Biagi, shows the saint “in motion and taking care of children” and it “does her justice,” Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said in his remarks at the ceremony.
“I know for the artists it was a work of passion. We hope that people who visit this memorial will recognise that history should be repeated, that there was a care for the outcast and marginalised which Mother Cabrini understood, and we need that same care today. This is not just history, we want to make history with a new understanding of how we take care of people.”
Others at the dedication ceremony included New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and fellow members of the Mother Cabrini Memorial Commission.
“This statue of Mother Cabrini recognises both her contributions as an Italian immigrant woman, as well as those of all Italian American and immigrant women,” John Leo Heyer II, a commission member, said at the ceremony.
Photo: A statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, patron of immigrants, is seen after its unveiling on Monday, in the Manhattan borough of New York City. (CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters)