Saint Marianne Cope


Saint Marianne Cope, O.S.F., also known as the Saint Marianne of Molokaʻi, (January 23, 1838 – August 9, 1918) was a German-born American who was a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Syracuse, New York. Known for her charitable works and virtuous deeds, she spent many years caring for lepers on the island of Molokaʻi in Hawaiʻi. Despite direct contact with the patients over many years, Cope was not afflicted by the disease, considered by some faithful to be miraculous.

St. Maryanne Cope received her First Holy Communion and her Confirmation at Historic Old St. Johns Church.

In 2005, Mother Cope was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI. Cope wasdeclared a saint by the same Pontiff on October 21, 2012, along with the young 17th-century Native American, Kateri Tekawitha. She is only the 11th American citizen to be honored by the Catholic church.

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