Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hawaii Catholics & Orthodox honor Blessed Marianne Cope, OSF

Catholic Bishop C. L. Silva & IOC Bishop Stephen R. Sykes attend statue blessing
The statue of Blessed Marianne Cope, who served Hansen's patients as a successor to Saint Damien on Molokai for 35 years, was blessed by Hawaii's Catholic Bishop Clarence L. Silva and attended by Bishop Stephen Randolph Sykes, Orthodox Bishop of Hawaii.

[Photo L-R] Sister Patricia Burkard, OSF
Most Rev. Clarence L. (Larry) Silva
Most Rev. Stephen Randolph Sykes, EOMC
Sister Rosaire Kopczenski, OSF, Statue Artist

Blessed Statue - A bronze image of Blessed Mother Marianne Cope at Honolulu's Kewalo Basin honors her selfless service - Source: HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN by Mary Adamski, Jan, 23, 2010.

Ed. Summary: The Sisters of Saint Francis of the Neumann Communities (Headquartered at Syracuse, New York) installed the bronze image of "Blessed Mother Marianne Cope." Sister Cope was among the first Sisters of Saint Francis who responded to the call of King David Kalakaua I, for help in caring for leprosy victims. Blessed Marianne continued the work of Saint Damien after his death on the Island of Molokai where she, too, passed away in 1918.