Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
St. Francis de Sales

Saint Marianne Cope

Sr. Marianne Cope emigrated from Germany to upstate New York with her family when she was one year of age. She entered a convent and for many years was an educator and administrator, eventually becoming the Superior General of her religious community. When the call for help came to care for the lepers, especially the children in Hawaii, she responded generously and personally, travelling to Hawaii herself with a group of sisters. She opened a school and home for girls and became a co-worker with Fr. Damian on the leper colony at Molokai and cared for him as be became ill. When Fr. Damian died, she assumed leadership of his school and home for boys.

Her administrative leadership, compassion, courage and personal service are but a few of her many admirable qualities and above all her zeal for serving Christ in the most needy.