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St. Marianne Cope, a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, was canonized Oct. 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North American to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. A woman of great valor, this beloved mother of outcasts, spent her early years in central New York where she served as a leader in the field of health care, education and of her own congregation. Responding to a call to care for the poor sick on the then Sandwich Islands, she devoted 35 years to caring for those afflicted with Hansen’s disease on Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii.
Shrine and Museum of St. Marianne Cope
As devoted steward of St. Marianne Cope’s life and legacy, we collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret and share St. Marianne’s inspiring story, as a Sister of St. Francis.
The St. Marianne Cope Museum exists to educate and inspire people from around the world about the life, legacy and significance of St. Marianne and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Thursday: 12 -5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
The shrine and museum is located at 601 North Townsend Street on the corner of Townsend and Union Streets.
In an effort to spread the message and legacy of St. Marianne, we offer tours of the museum during museum hours. Groups of 50 or less can be accommodated, and reservations must be made two weeks in advance of the desired tour date.
For tour reservations, contact:
Sister Jean Canora
A first class relic of St. Marianne lies within a reliquary made specially in her honor and rests in our second gallery, offering visitors an opportunity for peaceful contemplation. This gallery serves as a gathering space for Masses and presentations.
The museum is dedicated to the life and legacy of St. Marianne. Through displays showcasing her stories and artifacts, audio-visual exhibits, and educational outreach, we are able to share her message of respect and compassion.
Archives and museum collection
We are excited to offer a space in our museum dedicated to the research of our archival materials. Students, scholars, enthusiasts, and members of the community are welcome to view our historical documents and artifacts up close. Access to the research space can be arranged by appointment only.
For more information and scheduling, contact:
Charlene Martin, correct title needed
St. Marianne Cope Gift Shop
The St. Marianne Cope Gift Shop, located at the shrine and museum, offers official merchandise from Mother Marianne’s congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities including: medals, prayer cards, books, statues, mugs, note cards, collectibles and more.
We sell wholesale!
Shop wholesale online to purchase St. Marianne memorabilia for your store, school or parish.
For more information about St. Marianne merchandise and memorabilia, contact:
Mandy Geihe, Fulfillment Center Coordinator