Blessed Marianne Cope’s inscription of the optional memorial has just received affirmation from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at their fall meeting to officially include the prayer in the Proper of Saints calendar for the Dioceses of the United States. In addition, the USCCB has approved the Spanish translation for the Proper of Saints. Following the vote of affirmation, the next step is confirmation by the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship.
Mother Marianne Cope was beatified in May 2005. From 1883 until her death in 1918, she spent her life in Hawaii caring for patients with leprosy.
The memorial for Pope John Paul II also received affirmation and needs confirmation by the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship.
The request for Blessed Marianne Cope’s memorial to be added to the liturgical calendar came from Sister Patricia Burkard, OSF, general minister of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, and the bishops of Syracuse, N.Y., where she entered religious life and Honolulu, Hawaii, where she ministered to leprosy patients.
The shrine and museum of Blessed Marianne Cope is located at St. Anthony Convent in Syracuse, N.Y. For more information: www.blessedmariannecope.org.
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities was formed from four autonomous congregations of vowed women religious between 2004 and 2007. All four congregations have the same heritage and foundation. It is this community that claims Mother Marianne Cope as their own. The congregation numbers 513 members, six in the formation process and 297 Franciscan Associates. Sisters and associates serve in 31 dioceses including Honolulu, Hawaii, San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as missions in Kenya and Peru. Regional houses of the congregation are in Syracuse, Williamsville and Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Pa and Honolulu, Hawaii.