Honoring Mother Cabrini in Battery Park: Remembering the Catholic Saint’s Compassion for All People

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The dedication of a new statue honoring St. Frances Xavier Cabrini comes as a happy ending after some controversy last year, when New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray omitted Mother Cabrini from a list of honorees to have a statue, despite the revered saint having garnered the most votes in a city-wide poll.

Angelo Vivolo co-chaired the panel tasked with finding the exact location and design of the new Mother Cabrini statue erected in Battery Park, Manhattan. 

Currents News spoke with Angelo ahead of Monday’’s celebrations to discuss how the committee moved past the controversy, the new statue’s design and its significance to Italian Americans in Brooklyn and beyond.