SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In 1883, Mother Marianne Cope, the superior general of the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse, opened her mail and read a plea for nurses that could minister to leprosy patients in Hawaii. Forty-nine religious orders had set the request aside, but she chose to accept the challenge.
“I am not afraid of any disease,” announced Mother Marianne, an early advocate of routine hand washing in the order’s hospitals.
She soon departed for Hawaii with six sisters, with plans to stay just long enough to get them settled. But the patients’ great needs led her to remain in Hawaii for four decades — she died there in 1918.
Almost a century later, Blessed Marianne is expected to be...READ MORE