En Route in Manhattan,
Pilgrims Traverse the Big Apple
By Ron LaJoie in Catholic New York
Mario Bruschi couldn't believe the coincidence when he checked his e-mail first thing Saturday
morning before heading uptown to help lead some 150 pilgrims downtown from the St. Frances
Xavier Cabrini Shrine in northern Manhattan to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine at Battery
Park on the first Pilgrimage of New York. In his inbox was this thought for the day from the St.
Padre Pio Web site: "Some people go to paradise by train and some by car; however, some others go
on foot. The latter, however, have more merit than the former and obtain the highest place of glory
The vast majority of those taking part in this uniquely New York
urban pilgrimage ended up opting to travel via the MTA for at
least part of their journey of faith
On an unseasonably warm day of abundant sunshine, the mostly
young adults from across the archdiocese and beyond made the
approximately 13 to 15-mile trek, depending on the route taken,
from the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Washington Heights to
the Mother Seton Shrine in lower Manhattan.
Organized by a coalition of Catholic Young Adult groups led by
the Cathedral of St. Patrick Young Adults, the Pilgrimage of New
York was the brainchild of Chris Lowney, a writer, former Jesuit
seminarian and former managing director at J.P. Morgan &
Company. Lowney's visit to the St. Patrick's Young Adults a
couple of years ago to talk about his own attempted 500-mile
pilgrimage from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in
Spain in 2006 spurred interest among the group in doing a
"Mario Bruschi said, 'People are going to get interested in the idea
of doing a pilgrimage, but people can't fly to Spain. So, is there
something that people could do in New York?' " explained Lowney as he walked along Fort
Washington Avenue early in the pilgrimage.
"It just crossed my mind that we have saints to celebrate right here in this place and they are
geographically beautifully situated," Lowney said. "One is at one end of Manhattan and the other is
at the other, so what if people just did a pilgrimage from one to the other? They'll learn about the
history of the Church in New York. They'll learn about the geography. But at the end of the day our
hope is this will be an experience of spiritual growth for people."
Needless to say, New York's landscape provides a lot of temptations that could lead even the most
devoted pilgrim off the path. But this pilgrimage actually picked up marchers as it moved along.
To learn more: http://www.cny.org/archive/ld/ld5032510.htm
Thanks to Sr. Philippa Provenzano, MSC for bringing the pilgrimage and this article to our attention.
Missionary Sisters in Chicago
Bishop Kane Blesses Chapel
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad,
This truly was a day to rejoice as Bishop Francis J. Kane blessed the
chapel at 434 W. Deming Place in Chicago – April 6, 2010.
I met the Bishop at a
Mass in January and
asked him if he would
be available to bless
our chapel in our new
residence. He put it
The newly blessed chapel at on his calendar for
434 W. Deming Place in Easter Tuesday during
the octave of Easter.
Canon 1229 states that it is fitting that oratories be
blessed according to the rite as found in the liturgical Bishop Francis J. Kane listens to a reading
book of blessings. by Sr. Joan Marie Sariti, MSC during the
blessing of the Sisters’ new chapel.
May this chapel be a continued source of grace for all
who pray and live here. ~ submitted by Sr. Joan Marie Sariti, MSC
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Cabrini College, Radnor, PA
Renewal of CRS Partnership
On April 7, Joan Rosenhauer, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Executive Vice President for US Operations, and
Dr. Marie Angelella George, President of Cabrini College,
signed a Memorandum of Understanding renewing the
partnership originally signed in April 2005.
Cabrini was the first college to partner with CRS to
support the organization’s global outreach programs.
Since 2005, the University of Notre Dame and Seattle,
Santa Clara, and Villanova Universities have signed
agreements with CRS, the official international relief and
development agency of the U.S. Catholic Church.
Joan Rosenhauer (l.) Catholic Relief Services
Exec. VP for U.S. Operations and Dr. Marie
A. George sign a Memorandum of
~ from the Cabrini College website
Understanding renewing the partnership
originally signed in April 2005.
Cabrini College Commencement
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Ph.D., D.D., Archbishop
Emeritus of Washington, D.C., will address Cabrini College’s
undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 16th.
Cardinal McCarrick was ordained a priest in New York in 1958. He
received a Ph.D. in sociology from the Catholic University of America.
After a succession of appointments in various U.S. dioceses, in January
2001, he became Archbishop of Washington, D.C. and within weeks was
elevated to the College of Cardinals.
His Eminence has long served on the Board of Directors of Catholic
Relief Services, the organization with which Cabrini College was the first
college to establish a partnership for global outreach.
Widely known for his commitment to international human rights and religious freedom, he has
received numerous honors and continues to travel the globe to advocate for those in need.
(Cardinal McCarrick will also be honored by the Cabrini Mission Foundation at the Spirit of Cabrini
Awards Dinner on May 19th as the first recipient of the Medal of Mother Cabrini.)
~ excerpts from Cabrini College website and Cabrini Mission Foundation profile
Cabrini Health, Australia
Stories from the Heart ♥
Occasionally, we receive vignettes sent to us by Cabrini Health, which are of great human interest.
These stories, entitled “Stories from the Heart” are aimed primarily at the Cabrini Health staff and
are posted on their intranet site. From time to time, we take pleasure in sharing these with the wider
Cabrinian Community. Enjoy!
Cabrini Health Ranked High by First Time Moms
Last year 1,400 babies were born in the Maternity Unit at Cabrini
Malvern, which is staffed by a team of experienced and dedicated
midwives as well as specialist consultant obstetricians and
Cabrini’s modern delivery suites are designed to provide for each
mother’s individual needs during labor. Our nursery is fully
equipped with the latest technology to provide care for premature
and ill infants.
“...I'm so appreciative of the Cabrini midwives.” says Kate Nixon,
“...the staff couldn't have been more assuring and
sympathetic...the end result is the best thing in the whole world –
Audrey. I am eternally grateful to all the staff at Cabrini.”
It’s therefore not surprising that Cabrini Malvern was voted
Kate Nixon is pictured
the best maternity hospital in the State of Victoria according
here with her preemie
to a recent survey of new moms conducted by the Australia’s most daughter Audrey. Kate is
widely read newspaper, The Herald Sun. In fact, we received a near “eternally grateful to all
perfect satisfaction rating of 97% from first time mothers. the staff at Cabrini.”
~ submitted by Anthony Moate
Cabrini Mission Foundation, New York, NY
Calling All Institutions! Calling All Institutions!
Thanks to the efforts of Sr. Arlene Van Dusen, Aida Torres and Gina Fabian, the
Foundation is developing a PowerPoint display for the Spirit of Cabrini Award
Dinner on Wednesday, May 19, at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.
We are in need of recent, high‐quality photos and brief captions from your
programs and organizations that can be displayed throughout the course of
the evening. Please limit your submissions to three photos.
Please e‐mail photos to Aida Torres at ATorres.Cabrini@gmail.com no later than Friday, April 30th.
Cabrini Mission Foundation, New York, NY
Support "Spring for Swaziland" in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The following was submitted by CMF donor, Katie McCaskie:
After spending a month with Cabrini Ministries in Swaziland in 2008, I was determined to find a way
to support their amazing work. Please join me on April 28th at 7:30 p.m. in Brooklyn
(http://nitanitabk.com) for "Spring for Swaziland,"
a benefit to support the Cabrini Ministry programs
serving orphaned and vulnerable youth.
There will be fabulous silent auction and raffle items,
including private yoga and Pilates classes; artwork by
Brooklyn artists; wine tastings; gift certificates and more!
The proceeds will go to support children through Cabrini
Ministries Swaziland. Their holistic model includes food
and shelter, as well as psychosocial services, educational
sponsorship, and collaboration with and support for
children's remaining family members. Swaziland has the
highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world at almost 30% of
the population. Current statistics estimate that over
60,000 children have been orphaned in Swaziland (a
country of 1 million) as a result of HIV/AIDS.
If you cannot attend, but would like to donate,
please contact the Cabrini Mission Foundation at
212-228-8608 or visit their website at http://www.cabrinifoundation.org and click on
"donate now." Checks can be made to Cabrini Mission Foundation/Swaziland and sent to the
Foundation as well. For more information, please visit Cabrini Swaziland's blog for more info:
From the Province Vocation Promotion Team…
Our Come and See experience is this weekend – April 16th and 17th at
Sacred Heart Convent in New York City. We ask that you accompany
the six young women who will be participating in the Come and See
with your prayers.
May this be a time of grace and self‐discovery for each of them.
We thank our prayer partners in the United States, the Philippines,
Australia and Swaziland for your loving and prayerful support.
Paul, the 45 year-old son of Cabrini College professor Dr. Adeline Bethany, was in a serious
accident last week while riding his bike. He has undergone surgery to repair the injuries to
his hip/pelvis which have been reconstructed and secured with plates and pins. He has been
assured that with therapy he will be able to walk. A follow up surgery took place earlier this
week. Please accompany Paul, Adeline and their family with prayer as he recovers and
Nick Vendikos, President of Cabrini Mission Foundation, requests prayers for his
aunt/godmother, Millie Matrangolo, who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation
Your continuing prayers are requested for Tom McGowan, husband of Cabrini Lay
Missionary Marianne McGowan. Tom was admitted to Intensive Care last week quite
unexpectedly following an outpatient procedure. With each day, Tom is showing
improvement, but still has a long recovery. Marianne continues to ask for your prayerful
Sr. Regina Peterson, MSC asks the Cabrinian Community to pray for Brianna, the daughter
of her friend, Marcy Polit. Marcy herself is a cancer survivor (brain tumor), and now on the
10th anniversary of her own diagnosis, her 17 year-old daughter, Brianna, was diagnosed
with a cancerous tumor growing around her heart. The grace is that the growth is diagnosed
as a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma treatable with intense chemo over a 2 year period, the most
critical being the first six (6) months. Please keep Brianna and all the family in prayer
through this very difficult time.
In Loving Memory
Your prayers are requested for Connie Galetta, long time parishioner of Sacred Hearts-St.
Stephen's Parish, Brooklyn, who went home to God. Please pray for her family members
too, especially her husband, Joe.
Please remember in your prayers the family of Marisa Sanchez from Connorsville, IN,
United States Merchant Marine Academy, Class of 2013. She passed away suddenly at the
age of 19 on the softball field during practice.
The Weekly Update will not be published next week. Kindly send all prayer requests to Josephine Geraci in
the Provincial Office: JosephineGT1@aol.com.
For the week of April 26th, we will publish an abbreviated version of the Update on Wednesday, April 28th.
Please send all news stories to cabrini‐firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 27th.