Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Path to Sainthood Cleared for Blessed Marianne Cope

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Path to Sainthood Cleared for Blessed Marianne Cope

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The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints unanimously confirmed Dec. 6 that a second miracle was due to the intercession of Blessed Marianne Cope, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, N.Y., bringing her one step closer to sainthood, according to a press release from the religious community.

"We are very excited," said Franciscan Sr. Grace Ann Dillenschneider, vice postulator for the cause for the Syracuse diocese. "The sisters have been waiting for this for a very long time. She was an ordinary woman who did extraordinary things."

Details about the second miracle will become available closer to canonization, Dillenschneider said.

Cope was born Barbara Koob in Hep-penheim, Germany, in 1838. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1839 and settled in Utica, N. Y.

Cope entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1862 and worked as a teacher and principal in several schools in upstate New York. In the late 1860s, she was instrumental in establishing the first two hospitals in central New York, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica and St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse.

"Blessed Marianne had an advance understanding of health care and is a model for women today," Dillenschneider said.

Long before the importance of cleanliness in caring for the sick was scientifically known, Cope insisted on practices such as washing one's hands before ministering to the patients.

In 1883, Cope's devotion to the sick and poor took an important turn. …

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