Marianne Cope
German-American Franciscan Sister, missionary and saint
Marianne Cope
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.
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Catholic Heroes for Today - National Catholic Register
Google News - over 5 years
In June, the cause of Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai, who died in 1918, took a giant leap forward when her Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, NY, received word from Rome that seven doctors at the Vatican Congregation for
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Vatican approves second miracle in cause for nun's sainthood - God Discussion
Google News - over 5 years
The cause for sainthood of Blessed Hawaiian nun Marianne Cope received Vatican approval of a second miracle. A group of doctors for the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints declared that there is no medical explanation for the miraculous
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Molokai's Mother Marianne Cope One Step Closer to Sainthood - About - News & Issues
Google News - over 5 years
As Damon explains "the cause for sainthood of Blessed Hawaiian nun Marianne Cope has received Vatican approval of a second miracle." For anyone who has visited Kalaupapa on the island of Moloka'i and/or
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Une religieuse belge sur la voie de la canonisation - La Croix
Google News - over 5 years
Sept médecins de la commission médicale de la Congrégation des causes des saints auraient reconnu un miracle attribué à Marianne Cope, une religieuse belge, selon l'agence Kerknet, qui relaye un communiqué des Sœurs franciscaines de Syracuse,
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Marianne van Molokai dicht bij heiligverklaring - Het Belang van Limburg
Google News - over 5 years
05/07 Zuster Marianne Cope, beter bekend als Marianne van Molokai, is een stap dichter bij een heiligverklaring. De medische commissie van het Vaticaan heeft een wonder van haar erkend. Dat meldt KerkNet. "De artsen concluderen dat de genezing van een
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Benedict XVI pictured at the Angelus yesterday (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) - Catholic Herald Online (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
A panel of doctors at the Vatican has ruled that there is no scientific explanation for the healing of a woman following prayers to Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai. New Liturgical Movement reports on the nuptial Mass of Prince Albert of Monaco and
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US nun's cause moves forward with initial ruling on second miracle - Georgia Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
HONOLULU (CNS) -- The sainthood cause of Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai has taken a significant step forward with a Vatican medical board ruling in favor of a miracle attributed to her intercession. According to a news release from her religious
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ON POLITICS - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
He picked the Pro Bowl because Bethany Hamilton, "Hawaii Five-0" or Sister Marianne Cope didn't cross his mind as something to lambaste? Who knows? He called the pride of Hawaii's sporting industry "silly." He equated money spent to bring the NFL
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Viewing relic of Cope like meeting family - Maui News
Google News - almost 6 years
Catholic faithful from all over Maui flocked to Christ the King Church on Monday evening to pray, reflect and view the relic of Blessed Marianne Cope, the nun who succeeded St. Damien in caring for exiled Hansen's disease patients on Molokai in 1888
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Mother Marianne Relic Visits Molokai - Molokai Dispatch
Google News - almost 6 years
A relic of Blessed Mother Marianne Cope was welcomed to Molokai by members of the St. Damien Catholic Parish on its first stop of a tour of the islands. Parishioners gathered at Kalanianaole Hall last Friday evening to await the relic, which was due to
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Marianne's relic touring isles - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Google News - almost 6 years
Sister Agnes Hino, left, showed a relic of Blessed Marianne Cope to seventh-graders Ho Kyong Kim and Bo Kyong Hong yesterday at St. Francis School. Cope was a 19th-century religious health care worker who ministered to exiled Hansen's
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"Blessed" relic arrives in the islands - KHON2
Google News - almost 6 years
A relic of Blessed Marianne Cope, who served in Kalaupapa with Saint Damien, has arrived in the islands. It will embark on a statewide tour before its final destination at the Catholic Cathedral in Honolulu. In the realm of catholic saints and those in
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RELIKWIE VAN MEDEWERKSTER VAN PATER DAMIAAN KEERT TERUG NAAR HAWAÏ - Kerknet
Google News - almost 6 years
BRUSSEL (KerkNet/Cathnews) – Een relikwie van zuster Marianne Cope keert op vraag van bisschop Larry Silva van Honolulu terug naar Hawaï. Na een tussenstop in Molokai, Maui, Lanai, Kauai en Big Island krijgt ze definitief een plaats in de kathedraal
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Relic of nun to make tour of the islands - Maui News
Google News - almost 6 years
The island's Catholic community had a "very good feeling" and rejoiced in the "good news" upon learning that the relic of Blessed Marianne Cope will be touring the islands - including Kalaupapa, where she succeeded St. Damien in caring for exiled
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Blessed Marianne Cope Returns - Molokai Dispatch
Google News - almost 6 years
While St. Damien is a household name on Molokai, Blessed Mother Marianne Cope isn't far behind in the process of being declared a saint. A relic of the venerated nun, who served in Kalaupapa with Damien, will be on display on Molokai on May 6 and 7
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With Nun's Body Gone, Former Outcasts Grieve
NYTimes - about 12 years
After 87 years, the remains of Mother Marianne Cope are gone. The grass has been peeled back from her grave, and the soil freshly broken. There was an official exhumation last week, but for some of the leprosy patients who live here it felt almost like a robbery. ''I looked down in the hole and I saw the skull,'' said Meli T. Watanuki, 70, who
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Metro Briefing | New York: Syracuse: Journey Home For Nun's Remains
NYTimes - about 12 years
Three Franciscan nuns plan to travel to Hawaii to take back the remains of Mother Marianne Cope, who led their religious community more than a century ago and is being considered by the Roman Catholic Church for sainthood. ''It's a very awesome thing when you think about her having walked out of our mother house in 1883 to go to Hawaii, and here
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marianne Cope
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1918
    Age 80
    Cope died on August 9, 1918, due to natural causes; she was buried on the grounds of the Bishop Home.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005 her remains were returned to Syracuse for reinterment at her mother house. The community which Cope founded on Molokai continues to minister to the few patients afflicted with Hansen Disease. The Franciscan Sisters work at several schools and minister to parishioners throughout the Hawaiian Islands. In 1993, Katherine Dehlia Mahoney was allegedly healed from multiple organ failure after praying to Marianne Cope for intercession. On December 20, 2004, after receiving the unanimous affirmation of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, Pope John Paul II ordered a decree to be issued authenticating this recovery as a miracle to be attributed to the intercession of Mother Marianne. On May 14, 2005, Marianne was beatified in Vatican City by Pope Benedict XVI in his first beatification ceremony. Over 100 followers from Hawaii attended the beatification ceremony, along with 300 members of Cope's religious congregation in Syracuse. At the ceremony, presided over by Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F., the Hawaiian song "Makalapua" (a favorite of Cope) was sung. Her feast day was established as January 23 and is celebrated by her own religious congregation, the Diocese of Honolulu, and the Diocese of Syracuse.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1895
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Joseph Dutton was given charge of Baldwin House by the government.
  • 1889
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A prominent local businessman, Henry Perrine Baldwin, donated money for the new home. Mother Marianne and two assistants, Sister Leopoldina Burns and Sister Vincentia McCormick, opened and ran a new girls' school, which she named in Baldwin's honor. A community of Religious Brothers was sought to come and care for the boys.
  • FORTIES
  • 1888
    Age 50
    In November 1888 Cope moved to Kalaupapa.
    More Details Hide Details She cared for the dying Father Damien, SS.CC., who was already known internationally for his work in the leper colony, and began to take over his burdens. She had met him shortly after her arrival in Hawaii.
  • 1885
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It ended the forced exile of leprosy patients to Molokai and closed the specialty hospital in Oahu. A year later, the authorities pleaded with Cope to establish a new home for women and girls on the Kalaupapa peninsula of Molokai. She accepted the call, knowing that it might mean she would never return to New York. “We will cheerfully accept the work…” was her response.
  • 1883
    Age 45
    Cope departed from Syracuse with six other Sisters to travel to Honolulu to answer this call, arriving on November 8, 1883.
    More Details Hide Details They traveled on the SS Mariposa. With Mother Marianne as supervisor, the Sisters' task was to manage Kakaako Branch Hospital on Oahu, which served as a receiving station for Hansen's disease patients gathered from all over the islands. The more severe cases were processed and shipped to the island of Molokai for confinement in the settlement at Kalawao, and then later at Kalaupapa. The following year, at the request of the government, Cope set up Malulani Hospital, the first general hospital on the island of Maui. Soon, she was called back to the hospital in Oahu. She had to deal with a government-appointed administrator’s abuse of the leprosy patients at the Branch Hospital at Kakaako, an area adjoining Honolulu. She told the government that either the administrator had to be dismissed or the Sisters would return to Syracuse. She was given charge of the overcrowded hospital. Her return to Syracuse to re-assume governance of the congregation was delayed, as both the government and church authorities thought she was essential to the success of the mission.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details More than 50 religious congregations had already declined his request for Sisters to do this, because leprosy was considered to be highly contagious. She responded enthusiastically to the letter: I am hungry for the work and I wish with all my heart to be one of the chosen Ones, whose privilege it will be, to sacrifice themselves for the salvation of the souls of the poor Islanders... I am not afraid of any disease, hence it would be my greatest delight even to minister to the abandoned ‘lepers.’
  • THIRTIES
  • 1870
    Age 32
    She was appointed by the Superior General to govern St. Joseph's Hospital, the first public hospital in Syracuse, serving from 1870-77.
    More Details Hide Details As hospital administrator, Cope became involved with the move of Geneva Medical College of Hobart College from Geneva, New York to Syracuse, where it became the College of Medicine at Syracuse University. She contracted with the college to accept their students for treating patients in her hospital, to further their medical education. Her stipulation in the contract—again unique for the period—was the right of the patients to refuse care by the students. These experiences helped prepare her for the special ministry she next pursued.
    By 1870, Cope became a member of the governing council of her religious congregation.
    More Details Hide Details She helped found the first two Catholic hospitals in Central New York, with charters stipulating that medical care was to be provided to all, regardless of race or creed.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1862
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She entered the novitiate of the Sisters of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York. After a year of formation, Cope received the religious habit of the Franciscan Sisters along with the new name Marianne. She became first a teacher and then a principal in newly established schools for the region's German-speaking immigrants. Following the revolutions of 1848, numerous German immigrants entered the United States.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1838
    Age 0
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The following year her family emigrated to the United States, settling in the industrial city of Utica, New York. They became members of the Parish of St Joseph, where Cope attended parish school. By the time she was in eighth grade, her father had become an invalid. As the oldest child, Cope left school to work in a textile factory to help support her family. Her father became naturalized as an American citizen, which at the time meant the entire family received automatic citizenship status.
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