Sunday, February 19, 2012

A New York Franciscan Saint

Blessed Marianne Cope, O.S.F., also known as Blessed Marianne of Molokai, (23 January 1838 - 9 August 1918) was a member of The Sisters of Saint Francis of Syracuse, New York.

She was known for her charitable works and virtuous deeds, she spent many years caring for the lepers on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. Despite direct contact with the patients over many years, Cope was not afflicted by the disease, considered by some faithful to be miraculous.

In 2005, she was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI and is scheduled to be canonized in October of this year.

At their annual meeting, the U.S. bishops voted to add her to the U.S. liturgical calendar as an optional liturgical memorial in the proper of saints on January 23.

Pax et bonum

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