Monday, January 21, 2013

Resolution introduced honoring Saint Marianne Cope

By David Lassman, The Post-Standard 
U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, and two representatives from Hawaii introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives honoring Saint Marianne Cope, who was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in October.

“(St. Marianne) was an ordinary woman who is now a saint and this resolution is an appropriate way for Congress to honor her many achievements which began with good works in the Mohawk Valley,” Hanna said in a statement.

St. Marianne was raised in Utica and at 24, became a nun. She was the founder of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica (now St. Elizabeth Medical Center) and St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse before leaving New York for Hawaii, where she provided care for patients with leprosy.

At the canonization ceremony in October, Pope Benedict XVI said Cope "showed the highest love, courage and enthusiasm."

"She is a shining and energetic example of the best of the tradition of Catholic nursing sisters and of the spirit of her beloved Saint Francis," he said.

In 1918, St. Marianne died in Hawaii. She was 80 years old.
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