The Memorial of Saint Marianne Cope
Saint Marianne Cope is the Patron Saint of
- Those with HIV/AIDS,
Saint Marianne Cope Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Nuns/Sisters who became Saints
Saint Marianne Cope brief life History
|Date of Birth||January 23, 1838|
|Country of Birth||Germany in Europe|
|Profession||Virgin, Religious, Missionary to lepers|
|Place of Work||Kalaupapa, Hawaii, USA|
|Date of Death||August 9, 1918 (aged 80)|
|Place of Death||Kalaupapa, Hawaii|
|Feast Day||January 23|
|Beatification||By Pope Benedict XVI on May 14, 2005 at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City|
|Canonization||By Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012 in Vatican City|
|Patron Saint of||Lepers,
Those with HIV/AIDS,
Saint Marianne Cope Short life History
Saint Marianne Cope, also known as Saint Marianne of Molokai, was a German-born American nun who was a member of the Sisters of St Francis of Syracuse, New York, and administrator of its St. Joseph’s Hospital in the city.
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).
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
In 1883 she relocated with six other Sisters to Hawaii to care for persons suffering Hansen’s Disease on the island of Molokai and aid in developing the medical infrastructure in Hawaii.
In November 1888, Cope moved to Kalaupapa. 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.
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. A prominent local businessman, Henry Perrine Baldwin, donated money for the new home.
Today’s Saint Marianne Cope Feast Day Quote:
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.’