On June 23rd, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano and Regione Lombardia celebrated together a new achievement: the adoption of Mother Cabrini Spire by The National Italian American Foundation and the donors of the International Patrons of Duomo di Milano.
Thanks to the crowdfunding campaign Save the Saint, which ended on May 1st, International Patrons of Duomo di Milano raised the needed funds to get the spire entitled to St. Frances Cabrini, the first American citizen who had been claimed a Saint, known as “Mother of Migrants”. Mother Cabrini is the symbol of the connection that has always joined Milan and the United States.
The target for the adoption has been reached thanks to the great generosity of NIAF – The National Italian American Foundation, besides a lot of overseas contributions by the “patrons”. Though, Mother Cabrini Spire has been entitled to The National Italian American Foundation, to International Patrons of Duomo di Milano and to its donors.
The press conference at the Palazzo Lombardia’s Belvedere in occasion of this further goal and the presentation of the plaque affixed took place on June 23, 2015 with spokesman as the Regione Lomabrdia President Roberto Maroni, Mons. Gianantonio Bogonovo, Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo Head, the Ambassador Philip T. Reeker, United States Consul General in Milan, Joseph del Raso, NIAF Chairman, John M. Viola, NIAF Head and the Education and Work Assessor of Regione Lombardia, Valentina Aprea.
After the conference, guests and NIAF representatives met on Duomo’s Terraces for the plaque laying ceremony. NIAF associates have been guided into a special tour at the historical complex of Milan Cathedral, and at the new Grande Museo del Duomo, retracing centuries of Cathedral’s story.
After a rest among Veneranda Fabbrica Archive’s walls, where, among others, the testimonies of thousands of donors are preserved, the representatives had the chance of visiting the restoration labs, beating heart of the activities that, thanks to their support, go on restlessly for the protection and development of the Duomo di Milano.