Today is the feast day of St. Marianne Cope, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, who devoted her life to caring for others. She lived in New York and led a small group of women to purchase a saloon and turn it into a hospital to serve the needs of a city of immigrants, which was groundbreaking in the late 1800’s. They instituted a level of cleanliness and patient rights above and beyond the standards in the U.S. at the time. In 1883 she moved from New York to Hawaii to set up a system of care for the poor & the sick and she spent the last 30 years of her life caring for those with leprosy. In 2005, Sister Marianne Cope was declared Blessed by Pope Benedict XVI and was canonized October 21, 2012 for her heroic works of charity.
The Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum in Syracuse, NY provides the opportunity to learn about her life. It showcases her life’s work and and houses many of St. Marianne’s personal items. There is a first class relic of the saint in a reliquary made in her honor that is available for veneration year round.
Please check the website for special events that are going on today at the Shrine & Museum for St. Marianne’s feast day. If you can’t make it today, consider planning a trip to spend time learning more about and venerating St. Marianne Cope.
St. Marianne Cope, pray for us!
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