Saint Marianne Cope, a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, was canonized on October 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North America to be canonized, and only the 11th American Saint. A woman of great valor, this beloved mother of outcasts spent her early years in Central New York where she served as a leader in the field of health care, education, and of her own congregation.
Responding to a call to care for the poor sick on the then Sandwich Islands, she devoted 35 years to caring for those afflicted with Hansen's Disease on Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii.
We observe the Feast Day of St. Marianne Cope on her birthday, January 23.