Indeed I knew that the Church had a body composed of various members, but in this body the necessary and more noble member was not lacking; I knew that the Church had a heart and that such a heart appeared to be aflame with love. I knew that one love drove the members of the Church to action, that if this love were extinguished, the apostles would have proclaimed the Gospel no longer, the martyrs would have shed their blood no more. I saw and realized that love sets off the bounds of all vocations, that love is everything, that this same love embraces every time and every place. In one word, that love is everlasting.

.......St. Therese of Lisieux

A Message from our Rector
 Rev. Msgr. Richard Hynes

In 2016, the Gallup organization asked Americans if they had had a mystical experience, a moment when they went beyond their ordinary self and felt connected to some infinity. 84% of respondents said they had had such an experience at least once, even as 75% said there is a social taboo against speaking about it in public. - D. Brooks, The Second Mountain

We have language for this human experience: Actual Grace. Our minds and hearts open to divine workings of the Holy Spirit. In an encounter or in a moment of clarity, we open toward a deepened awareness or move in a different direction. An Australian journalist, getting to know a group of individuals who were homeless, asked one individual who was particularly kind to his companions: 'You are so kind to these companions. Could you tell me why?' 'Well, God is fond of me', he responded slowly.

Birthing her fifth child, my mother and sister almost died. Eleven months later my mother was pregnant; both parents became fearful. The not-so-close neighbors, Gloria and Dick Walker, became companions, if you will, to my parents. 'Aunt' Gloria became my godmother and I was given the name 'Richard' after 'Uncle' Dick. The Walkers became an actual grace when neighbors required accompaniment of love and encouragement.

In his previous assignments as bishop (Rockville Center, NY and Cleveland, OH), the Philadelphia Archbishop-Elect, Nelson Perez, concluded his Confirmation homily to the young people: Do not underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit to work within you, through you, and in spite of you. Moments of actual grace remain surprising and life-giving.

The 3rd annual Shrine Day of Giving (formerly GivingTuesday) will be held on Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020 and we are calling it GivingWednesday. 

This Shrine Day of Giving is an online fundraising campaign conducted for 24 hours and invites us to dedicate ourselves to giving back and celebrate generosity. We will provide details throughout the month, especially the week leading up to our Day of Giving.

All funds raised on GivingWednesday 2/26/20 will go toward expansion of our Programming. In accordance with our mission to offer educational and formational programming rooted in the Word of God, and particularly in reflection of the life and legacy of Mother Cabrini, this campaign will help us to continue to be "Bearers of the Love of Christ to the World". 

Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Begin your Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday, 2/26/20 through an act of generosity by donating to the Shrine at

Lima High School Masterworks Choir
March 28, 2020
Lima High School from Lima, Ohio has two ensembles that were invited to go on tour in Chicago this year.

To afford this trip, they did a charitable act in collecting pairs of shoes to send over to small business partners in developing countries. The funds they received were based on the total weight of shoes they were able to collect. The choir said "it's a win-win for helping out people in need, as well as a good opportunity for us to perform outside of our comfort zone."

It is their desire to go out into the world and let people see what they can do and what they have accomplished as a team.

We are excited to welcome their Masterworks ensemble to the Shrine. They will perform during the communion service at our 4:00 p.m. mass on Saturday, March 28th. Following the mass, they will have an additional one hour performance.

They will surely delight all who attend as their beautiful voices ring out in the Shrine chapel.

January 2020 Collections

New Year's Eve
Week ending January 5, 2020
Week ending January 12, 2020
Week ending January 19, 2020
Week ending January 26, 2020
Weekly Shrine Programs

Every Tuesday 
10:30AM - 11:15AM

Every Friday
1PM - 3PM
Every Saturday
3 PM - 3:45PM

Mass Times
Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.

Wall of Remembrance
Preserve the memory of a loved one by placing a plaque on the Mother Cabrini Wall of Remembrance. This beautiful wall space is located to the right of the chapel entrance at the top of the staircase. Wall Remembrance plaques are $3000.00 and a very special and sacred way of honoring those dearest to you forever.

If you would like more information or you are
interested in purchasing a plaque, kindly call
Sister Bridget Zanin, MSC at 773-360-5733.

Plan A Visit to the Shrine.
We Welcome Tours, Retreats and Musicians.

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.

We offer docent led tours that cover Mother Cabrini's life, history of Columbus Hospital (1 of 67 institutions of care Mother Cabrini founded), as well as the breathtaking architecture of the Chapel and what the Missionary Sisters are currently doing around the world.

We welcome group tours and schools and parishes on retreat. We invite singers and musicians to fill our beautiful Chapel with their lively, spiritual music for our community to enjoy. While we unfortunately cannot accommodate weddings, funerals, or baptisms, please consider having your anniversary, quinceanera, or memorial service at the Shrine.

To view our Chapel, Lower Level Meeting Room, Narthex and Meditation Garden go to our website:

For more information, please call 773-360-5752 or email We are happy to help you book a retreat or tour at the Shrine.

Thank you for your donation to the Shrine.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated

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