Marianne Cope

German-american Franciscan Sister + Missionary and Saint
Born Jan 23, 1838

Saint Marianne Cope, O.S.F. , also known as the Saint Marianne of Molokaʻi, was an 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 the 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.… Read More

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1838 Birth Cope was baptized Maria Anna Barbara Koob, later anglicizing her last name to "Cope". She was born January 23, 1838, in Heppenheim in the Grand Duchy of Hesse to Peter Koob (1787–1862) and Barbara Witzenbacher (1803–1872). … Read More


1862 24 Years Old By the time their father Peter Cope died in 1862, the younger children in the family were of age to support themselves, so Maria pursued her long-felt religious calling. … Read More


1870 32 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1870, Cope became a member of the governing council of her religious congregation. … Read More


1883 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1883, Cope, by then Superior General of the congregation, received a plea for help from King Kalākaua of Hawaii to care for leprosy sufferers. … Read More
1885 47 Years Old Two years later, the king awarded Mother Marianne with the Cross of a Companion of the Royal Order of Kapiolani for her care of his people. The work continued to increase. In November 1885, Cope opened the Kapiolani Home with the support of the government, to provide shelter to homeless female children of leprosy patients. had convinced the government that it was of vital need to save the, the Kapiolani Home was opened. The home was located on the grounds of a leprosy hospital because only the Sisters would care for children closely associated with people suffering from leprosy. In 1887 a new government came into office. … Read More


1888 50 Years Old In November 1888 Cope moved to Kalaupapa. … Read More
1889 51 Years Old When Father Damien died on April 15, 1889, the government officially gave Cope charge for the care of the boys of Kalaupapa, in addition to her existing role in caring for the female residents of the colony. … Read More
1895 57 Years Old After the arrival of four Brothers of the Sacred Heart in 1895, Cope withdrew the Sisters to the Bishop Home for leprous women and girls. … Read More


1918 81 Years Old Cope died on August 9, 1918, due to natural causes; she was buried on the grounds of the Bishop Home. … Read More
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