Before a relic from Blessed Mother Marianne Cope finds its final resting place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace on Oahu, it will make a tour of Hawaii including a two-day visit to Molokai.
The relic of the nun who succeeded Saint Damien in ministering to the Hansen’s disease patients of Kalaupapa, is expected to make visits to Lanai, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island before going to Oahu on May 13. It will end up resting in the same church that houses the relic of St. Damien.
On Molokai, the relic will be on display at Kalaniana’ole Hall at 5:30 p.m. Friday to be followed by a visit to the St. Damien Center in Kaunakakai at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday the relic will be taken down to Kalaupapa where it will be displayed at St. Francis Church starting at 10:30 a.m.
Bishop Larry Silva of the Diocese of Honolulu requested the relic — bone fragments from Mother Marianne’s remains — from the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, N.Y. Sister Patricia Burkard, general minister of the Sisters of Saint Francis, is to bring the bone fragments, which were checked for authenticity by a forensic anthropologist, to Hawaii on Wednesday.
Mother Marianne arrived in Hawaii on Nov. 8, 1883, at age 45, with six other Franciscan sisters. She administered Honolulu’s Kakaako Branch Hospital for leprosy patients, opened Kapiolani Home for the daughters of leprosy patients and founded Maui’s first general hospital.
Mother Marianne went to the Kalaupapa settlement in 1888, five months before the death of Father Damien. She died at Kalaupapa on Aug. 9, 1918, of natural causes and was buried there.