The Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano and Regione Lombardia together to celebrate a new goal: the adoption of Madre Cabrini Spire by the National Italian American Foundation and the donors of International Patrons of Duomo di Milano.
Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign called “Save the Saint”, which ended on 1 May, the International Patrons of Duomo di Milano raised enough cash to “adopt” the spire dedicated to Saint Francesca Cabrini, also known as the "Migrant’s Mother”, who was the first American citizen to be canonized. Francesca Cabrini symbolises the long-standing connection between Milan and the United States. This extraordinary woman dedicated herself to looking after the Italo-American community and the poor, and founding schools and orphanages throughout the United States. On the occasion of her canonization in 1956, a statue was placed on one of the 135 spires of the Cathedral of Milan. Since then she has kept vigil over the city from above, bridge between Milan and New York.
The objective has been accomplished thanks to the generosity of NIAF – The National Italian American Foundation, beside the many contributions from the American “patrons”. Madre Cabrini Spire will be dedicated to The National Italian American Foundation, to International Patrons of Duomo di Milano and to the donors.
The Press Conference about this further goal and the presentation of the plaque placed on the spire, has taken place on Tuesday 23rd June at 10.00 at the Palazzo Lombardia Belvedere (Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1 – Milan – 39th floor – Entrance through nucleo N1), with speeches by the Regione Lombardia President Roberto Maroni, Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano President, with the attendance of Monsignor Gianantonio Borgonovo, President of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, the Ambassador Philip t. Reeker, Consul General of the United States of America in Milan, Joseph Del Raso, Chairman of NIAF, John M. Viola, President of NIAF and Valentina Aprea, Councillor for Education, Training and Employment for the Lombardy Region.
After the meeting with the press, guests and the NIAF delegation, climbed up to the roof terraces of the Cathedral for the affixing of the plaque. The NIAF delegation was be given a special tour of the Duomo, of the new Cathedral Museum, which looks back at the six centuries of the history of the Cathedral, and of the restoration workshops.