Lecture on Saint Cabrini at Klyne Esopus Museum

The Klyne Esopus Museum, 746 Broadway/ 9W in Ulster Park, will present a lecture by Sister Dianne McKenna on the life and ministry of Saint Frances X Cabrini on  Saturday, July 22 at 4 p.m. The lecture will be given at the Museum. Admission is free.  
Sr. Dianne worked with the St. Cabrini School in West Park, as well as St. Augustine’s church and school in Highland. She lived in West Park at the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus house of formation until January of this year.  She will bring stories of her own life in the Missionary Sisters as well as accounts of Mother Cabrini’s founding of the orphanage in West Park in 1890 and its subsequent operations. 
Saint Cabrini (1850-1917) was the first American citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. She founded the Missionary Sisters SHOJ in 1880 with thoughts of work in Asia. However, at the direction of Pope Leo XIII she was sent not East, but West, arriving in 1889 to the slums of NYC. Hearing of an ideal property for an orphanage along the Hudson in West Park, she arranged for its purchase from the Jesuits. West Park was Saint Cabrini’s  favorite place, but her mission work caused her to move on, founding 67 charitable institutions throughout the US, South America and Europe. At her request she was buried at what was later known as the Mother Cabrini Home property in West Park.
 The St. Cabrini lecture is supportive of the Museum’s 2017 themed exhibit “Celebrating Outstanding Esopus Women” which will be running through October.  The other subjects of the exhibit are Sojourner Truth, Hilda Worthington Smith, Mary Polhemus, and Catherine Murdock.
The Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum, located in the building which formerly housed the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Klyne Esopus, is open from June to October on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For further information, go to www.klyneesopusmuseum.us, ,klyneesopusmuseumhistorical@gmail.com or call 845-338-8109.

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 4 pm
Klyne Esopus Museum
746 Broadway / Route 9W
Ulster Park