St. Marianne Cope

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The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities are sharing their talents this weekend at the St. Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum in Syracuse.  The first ever Festival of the Arts will have some live teaching demonstrations by the Sisters.  Director Kristin Barrett-Anderson says the event will offer a wide variety.

 “We’re including cuisine, gardening, music, dance, language, besides all the mixed media, and sculpture and graphic art.”

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It’s been a long time since Saint Marianne Cope established St. Joseph’s Hospital and then left in 1888 as part of a request she answered in 1883 to care for ill Leprosy patients in Hawaii.  Her legacy will not be forgotten in Syracuse with a permanent shrine and museum in her honor.  The official blessing was held today at the hospital.  Sister Geraldine Ching is originally from Hawaii and assisted with gathering the historical journey of St. Marianne.

Sisters of St. Francis / St. Joseph's Hospital. / John Smith / WAER News

Saint Mother Marianne Cope will be honored at a new Shrine and Museum at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, the healthcare center she founded. Her legacy and life has been brought through the forefront in recent years following the Canonization process and her confirmation to Sainthood at the Vatican. There’s been confirmed evidence she healed ill patients.