Where Mother Cabrini
As you can see from the video above, Mother Cabrini often worshipped at Assumption Church during her time in Chicago. No wonder, its interior inspires awe to anyone who visits it. The current building opened its doors in 1886, and its vaulted ceiling rises dramatically many stories above you as you enter. Magnificent stained glass windows adorn the east and west sides, and the statue of Mother Cabrini sits to the left of the altar at the front. The church is known for its inspiring liturgies, friendly service and welcoming spirit, which it offers to any and all who visit there.
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Mission In Chicago
Takes A Curious Turn
After founding Columbus Hospital in New York to serve the large population of poor Italians who had emigrated there, Mother Cabrini traveled to Chicago to with the intention of building an orphanage. But Bishop Quigley urged her to build a hospital on Chicago’s North side instead.
Mother Cabrini soon found a suitably sized building in Lincoln Park, a former hotel with over 100 rooms. However, they could not afford to buy it outright. But they trusted in God’s providence and went forward anyway, making sure that the hospital had the best doctors and facilities possible.
She named the new facility Columbus Hospital after Christopher Columbus, which was a source of great pride for the Italian community. But soon she would come under criticism, because about three quarters of the hospital’s patients were well-to-do local residents, while only about one quarter were needy Italian immigrants.
Mother Cabrini moved forward however, as she had an even bigger plan in mind. Five years later, she founded the Columbus Extension Hospital in a low-income Italian neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. Surplus funds from the original Columbus Hospital supported this new hospital, which offered full healthcare services to the mostly poor immigrant community. This resourceful financial template would prove to serve the Missionary Sisters well in the years to come.