Pre-Conference Pilgrimage

Mother Cabrini Shrine Golden, Colorado
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 ~ 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost per person $85.00


An exciting, inspirational tour of the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, Colorado is planned for members of the CMA attending the Conference, along with family members and friends. 

An air-conditioned luxury tour bus will transport you from the Denver Downtown Sheraton to the Shrine in comfort; you will also be accompanied by a tour guide escort on your journey.

The buses will board at 8:30 am and return to the hotel at 4:00pm.

A delicious lunch and Mass is included in your tour fee.  If you are diabetic, we encourage you to bring extra snacks and drinks for the day. Please bring appropriate cold packs since no refrigeration is available.  A restroom is available on the bus and, of course, at the Shrine.  Please wear comfortable clothing for walking through the Shrine.

Mother Cabrini loved the mountains of Colorado. The foothills west of Denver held a special attraction for her. During her journeys in 1902 to visit the Italian workers and their families in the Clear Creek, Argentine, and South Park mining districts, Frances X. Cabrini discovered a property on the east slope of Lookout Mountain owned by the town of Golden. No reliable source of water was known to exist on the property at that time, although there were two fine barns and a springhouse built in the 1890s. In 1909 -1910, she negotiated the purchase of this property as a summer camp for her charges at the Queen of Heaven Orphanage in Denver, CO. A farming operation, with poultry, other livestock and dairy cows, was established and maintained by three of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart who set up living quarters in the loft of the larger barn. During the summer months, groups of about twenty girls, according to age, would spend several weeks at the summer camp. They enjoyed the freedom of the outdoors and recreational activities in addition to tending the animals and performing farm chores.

Mother Cabrini Shrine is a shrine in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.  Originally a summer camp for the girls from the Queen of Heaven Orphanage, the property became a place of prayer, pilgrimage and devotion after the canonization of St. Cabrini in 1946. The Shrine offers retreat facilities, daily mass and is open every day for visitors and pilgrims to come and pray, explore and visit. 

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