It was a year-and-a-half ago that Marianne Cope became Hawaii’s second saint and now she has earned her own day.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie made the designation official yesterday. From now on, Jan. 23 will be known as Saint Marianne Cope Day in Hawaii.
Marianne Cope was canonized Oct. 21, 2012 for the work she did on Molokai caring for Hansen’s disease patients. Saint Marianne served these patients in Kalaupapa from 1888 until her death in 1918. She followed Father Damien de Veuster in caring for the patients on the isolated north shore peninsula and also in becoming Hawaii’s second saint.
A celebration of her sainthood took place in Kalaupapa on Jan. 12, 2013. Many of the leading Catholic bishops from around the world descended on Molokai that day to pay tribute to the woman known as the “beloved mother of outcasts.”
It was announced in December of 2013 that the Sisters of St. Francis — who still continue to supply nuns to Kalaupapa — will return the remains of Saint Marianne back to Hawaii. Saint Marianne was buried in Syracuse, N.Y., headquarters to The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.
Ste. Marianne will now be returned to the side of St. Damien. The remains of Hawaii’s two saints will be housed by the Diocese of Honolulu at its Our Lady of Peace Cathedral in Honolulu. The cathedral is currently undergoing a $10 million restoration.