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St. Frances of the Neumann Communities
Mother Marianne Cope, a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities and foundress of St. Elizabeth Hospital, was canonized a saint October 21, 2012.
She participated in the establishment of this hospital and St. Joseph’s in Syracuse, two of the first 50 general hospitals in the U.S.
In late 2011, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes for Saints at its ordinary session of the cardinals and bishops (members) confirmed the unanimous ruling of the Vatican Medical Board of a second miracle attributed to Blessed Mother Cope as an inexplicable medical recovery, as well as the report of the theologians who confirmed that the miracle was due to her intercession opening the way for her canonization.
The final step came on December 19 with the approval by Pope Benedict XVI of her canonization. He had affirmed the second miracle case, allowing Blessed Marianne to be declared a saint. In 2005, she was proclaimed “blessed” during a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica. In 2004, Pope John Paul II affirmed the first miracle case. She will become only the 11th Saint in United States History, and the first Franciscan Saint.
In 1862, Blessed Marianne entered religious life in Syracuse and participated in the establishment of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, two of the first hospitals in Central New York. For 35 years, she provided healthcare to patients on the Hawaiian Islands. She went to the Islands with five of her Sisters for the sole purpose of caring for women and children with leprosy, at that time the outcasts of society. Her compassionate care earned her the title, “beloved mother of outcasts.”
St. Elizabeth Medical Center is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, We have 487 members in the congregation and are in 13 states/territories as well as Peru and Africa. Throughout the year, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, in collaboration with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, invites our patrons, donors, staff and patients to join in the celebration of St. Marianne Cope’s canonization. For more information on ways to participate, contact Andrea LaGatta, Director of Development, at 734-4440.