Mother Marianne's Sainthood Date Set

Published On: Feb 18 2012 02:54:50 AM HST   Updated On: Feb 18 2012 07:09:45 AM HST

Hawaii will soon have another Catholic Saint as Pope Benedict XVI announced the date of Mother Marianne Cope's canonization.

Henrietta Miranda takes time each day to pray, asking for guidance from God and a number of saints. So she was emotional over Mother Marianne's elevation to sainthood.

"Everyday I always pray for them...oh here I go, for all the saints, so it is a big deal to us," said Honolulu resident Henrietta Miranda.

Mother Marianne will be canonized along with six others on Oct. 21st.

Cope came to Hawaii to help care for people with Hansen's disease. After Father Damien's death, she carried on his work on Kalaupapa.

"I love her compassion. She is like my role model and mentor, in a sense, working with people here in Hawaii," said Sister Alicia Damien Lau, with the Sisters of St. Francis.

Mother Marianne was a Sister of St. Francis. The order continues to work in the islands, including on Kalaupapa, where a few patients remain.

"Mother Marianne was a champion of human rights. She provided for all creeds, even the marginalized of society to uplift all races," said Sister Davilyn Ah Chick, with the Sisters of St. Francis.

Mother Marianne worked in Hawaii for 40 years, making a difference in countless lives. She also made a difference after her death. The Catholic Church attributed two healing miracles to Mother Marianne, which are part of the requirements for Sainthood.

Just like Father Damien's canonization three years ago, the event will be held at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. A few Hansen's disease patients from Kalaupapa, along with church leaders plan to attend the ceremony.

After the canonization of Mother Marianne, her relic will then be taken on a tour of all the islands and then to a special ceremony at Iolani Palace.

Some of the others who will be canonized during the ceremony in October include the first Native American saint along with a German woman who could not be a missionary because of debilitating accidents and disease, but she used her suffering to help others.


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