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Happy Birthday, Saint Marianne!
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Happy Birthday, Saint Marianne!

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.
During the Year of Mercy, Syracuse Catholic TV sat down with Sister Jean Canora, OSF at the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum to discuss the many ways that St. Marianne extended mercy to those on the margins. Click the image above to watch! 
Prayer to Saint Marianne

Lord Jesus, you gave us your commandment of love of God and neighbor, and identified yourself in a special way with the most needy of your people, hear our prayer. Faithful to your teaching, Saint Marianne Cope loved and served her neighbor, especially the most desolate outcast, giving herself generously and heroically for those afflicted by leprosy. She alleviated their physical and spiritual sufferings, thus helping them to accept their afflictions with patience. Her care and concern for others manifested the great love you have for us. Through her merits and intercession, grant us the favor which we confidently ask of you so that the people of God, following the apostolate, may practice charity towards all according to your word and example. Amen.
Learn more about Saint Marianne
St. Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum
Read about St. Marianne in The Catholic Sun
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