The Annual Solemn Columbus Day Mass is held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and was celebrated in 2012 by His Excellency Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan. The Mass reflected on the millions of men, women, and children who came to America in pursuit of freedom and opportunity, and the faith that helped them endure hardship and adversity. This year's Mass was celebrated at 9:30am on Monday, October 8, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Tickets were required to enter the Cathedral up until 9:15am, at which point it became general admission.
Instantly recognizable for its soaring twin spires, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a New York institution celebrated by people of all faiths and creeds. Since its cornerstone was laid in 1858, St. Patrick’s has become a centerpiece of New York City, though it was originally considered too far north of New York’s commercial and residential districts!
Beyond its architectural splendor, the cathedral features stained glass windows made by artists in Chartres, Birmingham, and Boston. Its great rose window is by Charles Connick, perhaps the greatest stained-glass artist in America. The cathedral’s St. Michael and St. Louis altars were designed by Tiffany & Co. and its St. Elizabeth altar by Paolo Medici of Rome.
The Columbus Day Mass has included performances by Venetian opera singers Erica Grimaldi, Soprano and Carlo Gabriele Nicolini, Tenor, in addition to performances by exceptional musicians such as tenor Salvatore Licitra, who performs with the Metropolitan Opera House, and the Children’s Choir of Palermo, Sicily.
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For more information about the Mission of our Foundation and our philanthropic endeavors, contact our Executive Director, David Iommarini, at DIommarini@columbuscitizens.org.
Recognizing the incredible impact that our Italian heritage has had on our lives and its contribution to our individual successes, we the members of the Columbus Citizens Foundation dedicate ourselves to preserving and enhancing the culture, traditions and values we were so blessed to receive. Furthermore, we will commit to honor those that came before us by ensuring that their love of country, family and tireless work ethic are passed to our children and all future generations. We firmly commit to raise and distribute financial aid to educate children in need and pledge to extend ourselves in perpetuating the philanthropic work that has been synonymous with our Foundation.