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Take inspiration from the life of Saint Marianne

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.

November Song – Tickets are on sale now

Saint Marianne Cope comes to life Sunday, June 6 when the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum presents the one-woman play “November’s Song” at the Redhouse Arts Center, 201 S. West St., Syracuse, New York at 1:00pm. The performance will be followed immediately by a reception in the Redhouse Café.

The one woman play takes place on the Hawaiian peninsula of Kalaupapa, where then Mother Marianne Cope and several other sisters of St. Francis from Syracuse came to care for patients with Hansen’s disease (leprosy). Marianne tells the audience the story of her life, starting with the November day in 1862 when she entered the Franciscan community in Syracuse through her years as administrator at St. Joseph’s Hospital and her move to Hawaii in 1883 to care for individuals isolated from society because of their illness.

Proceeds from the play benefit the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum, 601 North Townsend Street, Syracuse, New York.

Tickets are available for $25 online at or by calling the box office at 315.362.2785.