Saint Marianne Cope

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Saint Marianne Cope’s feast day is today, January 23rd.
“A woman of great valor, our ‘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, the Sisters of St. Francis. 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. On Oct. 21, 2012, Mother Marianne was canonized a saint. She is the first Franciscan woman from North America to be canonized and only the 11th American saint.”