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Executive Director

National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Inc.



National Shrine of St.
Frances Xavier Cabrini, Inc.


The Moran Company is pleased to partner with the National Shrine of
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Inc.
 to recruit the
organization’s new Executive Director.


“To be bearers of the love of Christ in the world. This
commitment implies nothing less than a desire to love as Jesus
loved, with the total self-gift of our lives, seeking to reach
those most vulnerable, neglected or marginalized.”

The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (M.S.C.),
assisted by the Shrine Board of Directors, have begun a search for
the Shrine’s next Executive Director. 

Frances Cabrini was born on July 15, 1850 in a small village
called Sant’ Angelo Lodigiano near the city of Milan, Italy. In
1880, with seven young women, Frances founded the Institute of the
Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Enthralled by the
stories of missionaries, Cabrini had long dreamed of going to
China, but at the urging of Bishop Scalabrini from Piacenza, and
with the guidance of Pope Leo XIII, she went to New York City
instead to serve the Italian immigrant population there. 

From that first New York foundation in 1889, Cabrini opened
foundations in 67 places across three continents, including in
Chicago the now-demolished Columbus Hospital, which she founded in
1905, and where she died in 1917. 

Pope Pius XI beatified her in 1938 and Pope Pius XII canonized
her in 1946. Since 1950, Cabrini has been recognized as the Patron
of Immigrants. Pope John Paul II gave Frances Cabrini another title
for the new millennium – Missionary of the New Evangelization. Pope
Francis, who knew the Cabrini Sisters in his native Argentina,
often invokes her intercession in his prayer for and work on behalf
of migrants. 

After Cabrini’s death, her convent room at Columbus Hospital
became a popular destination for the faithful seeking personal
healing and spiritual comfort. Due to the overwhelming number of
pilgrims after her canonization in 1946, Cardinal Samuel Stritch,
dedicated the shrine within the hospital complex in 1955. Later in
the century, this received recognition as the National Shrine of
St. Frances Cabrini.

The hospital and shrine closed in 2002, to be replaced by a
high-rise development on North Lakeview Avenue, but the Shrine area
and Cabrini’s room were preserved and refurbished during the long
period of demolition and construction. The Shrine was reopened in
2012. Today, the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is
a stand-alone center in the Lincoln Park neighborhood for prayer,
worship, spiritual care and pilgrimage. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

We seek a dynamic leader to join us as our Executive Director.
The new Executive Director will have a chance to help shape and
build the Shrine’s ministry as we move into the next stage of our
existence. This person will be committed to Mother Cabrini’s
message to bring Christ’s love to immigrants, migrant workers, the
vulnerable, and the poor. The Executive Director will be
responsible for setting a new direction, advancing the Shrine, and
managing the organization. The position reports to the Shrine’s
Board of Directors.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Drive the process of visioning, developing, and articulating
    new strategic objectives and programs with the Board of
  2. Ensure the Cabrini legacy by advancing its charism of helping
    immigrants, the vulnerable, and the marginalized. 
  3. Serve as the primary face of the Shrine in the external
    community – being active and visible in the community (including
    parishes, ministries of the archdiocese, and beyond), speaking on
    behalf of the Shrine, and communicating the Cabrini message,
    spirituality, and values.
  4. Raise the Shrine’s visibility in the Community.
  5. Administer Shrine Operations.
  6. Participate in fundraising efforts.

Qualifications and Skills Needed

The requirements listed below represent the attributes,
knowledge, and skills needed. 

  • A Catholic spirituality that is committed to the message and
    the guiding principles of Mother Cabrini.
  • The ability to attract and inspire others, including staff and
    volunteers. Be open to accepting many different types of people,
    ideologies and viewpoints. 
  • The ability to envision and convey a vision for the
    organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and
  • Excellent relational skills to establish effective
    relationships with staff, clergy, and volunteers. Ability to build
    strong collaborative teams and a strong organizational
  • Can form partnerships with external organizations to achieve
    strategic objectives. 
  • Experience and skill in working with a Board of
  • Strong management abilities – Can oversee the successful
    implementation of new programs.
  • Leadership experience with significant administrative
    responsibilities, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • A humble, and approachable demeanor with the ability to be
    assertive when needed.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Past experience in working with the Catholic Church is a
  • Bilingual Language skills (Spanish) are a plus.
  • Experience in organizing events is a plus.
  • Technology awareness and media savvy to promote and educate on
    the Shrine Activities.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.

Competencies/Key Characteristics

  • A spirituality aligned with the M.S.C. charism
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Creative/innovative Thinking 
  • Diplomatic Leadership
  • Excellent Communication and Relationship building
  • Collaboration Skills
  • Results Driven
  • Operational Management

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $85,000 to $90,000
depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits
include a full range of health insurance (medical, dental, vision,)
retirement contributions, disability insurance, PTO, and other


The Shrine firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal
opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender,
national origin, disability or veteran status.

Application Process

The search for the National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier
Cabrini, Inc. Executive Director is being conducted by The Moran
Company. To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and
resume to Bill Moran, The Moran Company. APPLY

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