Dyker Heights post office renamed in honor of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini
The Dyker Heights post office is getting a new name.
Rep. Max Rose introduced the legislation to rename the building to Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini Post Office Building earlier this month, which President Donald Trump signed on Dec. 3.
Cabrini passed away in 1917 after decades of helping families and was named the Patron Saint of Immigrants in 1950. As a nun, she was asked by the Pope in 1889 to go to America and assist the many Italian immigrants who were fleeing.
"She was terribly afraid of ocean travel, but she nonetheless crossed the Atlantic over 25 times to accomplish her work for the immigrant community," said Monsignor Thomas G. Caserta of St. Bernadette's Church
She helped orphans and open schools, as well as offer education and religion classes for Italian immigrants.
"Let us continue to honor her legacy not just with ceremonies like this, but with our good deeds --anonymous or otherwise -- each and every day, to be there for those who need us the most," said Rose.
Dec. 22 is typically celebrated as Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini's Feast Day, which is why the U.S. Postal Service wanted to make the announcement Tuesday.
Rose says her work exemplifies hard working New Yorkers.
The official plaque unveiling will take place in the spring.