The Many Faces of Marianne
Kristin Barrett-Anderson

One thing I love about Marianne is that anyone can relate to her.

Children can relate to her being a big sister – the responsibilities that come with the role and the care given by an older sister.

Young people seeking what they want to do with their lives can relate to Marianne’s journey as a teenager. Sometimes you can work directly towards a goal while other times, you have to wait until the time is right.

Leaders and managers can relate to Marianne in her role of administrator and community leader. Being a woman-leader in a male-dominated world and using great diplomacy to move a project forward.

We can all be inspired by her commitment to service and accepting a challenge to serve; choosing that service over fear of the unknown.

Looking at the many images of Marianne, which ones do you appreciate? Which ones can you relate to? And ask, why; what aspects of her life and work are reflected in the images and why is it that I relate to one more than another?

Marianne is our Saint and a Saint to every person who comes to know her.
Dedication to Service
Sister Jean Canora
How can we be of service, where we are, right now?

So many times, we are looking into the future: where will I live? What will I do for work? When will I be financially set? 

We may be waiting to be of service to others until we are “set” in ourselves and our plans. BUT we can be of service no matter where we are. 

We know this at the museum as we see Marianne’s light shining brightly here in our work. As we are receiving visitors, prayer requests and support in healing, we feel her light still shining.

We are grateful for where we are and to bask in her light as we send out her beacon to our community and the world.
What Does Marianne Mean to You?
Leading up to the anniversary of our Saint’s canonization, we are asking the question: What does Marianne mean to you? Each week we will hear from individuals answering this question, including our staff and historic figures.

Our reflection this week is from Danielle Cummings, Chancellor of the Diocese of Syracuse:

I am blessed to be a part of sharing the life and legacy of St. Marianne Cope. I was first introduced to her by Sister Mary Laurence Hanley, OSF when she was working with then Chancellor of the Diocese of Syracuse, Msgr. Michael Minehan on the promotion of her cause to sainthood.  In my early interactions with Sister Mary Laurence, I quickly realized that Marianne Cope's cause for sainthood was compelling and would be recognized by the Vatican.  She would make sure of it!  Through her hard work and the work of others, Sister Mary Laurence was able to witness Marianne Cope's beatification before she died. Sr. Mary Laurence approached her death courageously and happily knowing, as she stated, "My work is done."  Our friendship and time working on Marianne Cope's cause was a gift of a lifetime!

So what does Marianne Cope mean to me?  The quick answer is she means far too much to put into a short paragraph. With that being said, one of the shining attributes that resonates most with me is that Marianne Cope exemplifies how we are all instruments of God's plan and how much can be achieved if one trusts in God.

Marianne Cope's faith never wavered, and she was confident that she was called to each and every aspect of her life. She approached them prayerfully, respectfully, methodically and courageously.  May we all seek to live out our lives in the same manner. 
Many friends and devoted followers of Saint Marianne Cope have experienced her powerful intercession or been inspired by her life and legacy. We invite you to share your experience and reflect on the question: "What does Saint Marianne Mean to Me?"
Please allow us to share your story and carry on Marianne's legacy by contacting us directly at; or by filling out the form at

We love to hear your inspiring stories!

Did You Know?

In our "Did You Know?" segment, we will share interesting Marianne content that you may have never heard or read anywhere else.  

Did you know? That for over 160 years, the Franciscan Sisters in central New York have been providing healthcare and education to our community?

Settling into a neighborhood that has poverty and crime, the Sisters determine what they can do. “How can we make a difference?”

The Sisters provided healthcare and education to those who were not previously being seen or heard. Not only did they provide hope and healing but also a foundation, a safety net and a reason to have faith and trust in what God has to offer.
Image: St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, Circa 1869
By 1869, Syracusans likely still bore the burdens of the Civil War and the grief that followed President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Local newspapers reported outbreaks of infectious diseases including yellow fever, diphtheria, and consumption (tuberculosis). One report of a scarlet fever included a dubious treatment: rubbing bacon fat on the patient twice a day. The Franciscans were alarmed that Syracuse’s unsanitary water supply was causing typhoid.

The sisters, then numbering about 29, took action, fulfilling their mission as followers of St. Francis and making good their intention to start a hospital in Syracuse.

The need was great: cases of typhoid fever and malaria were numerous, among rich and poor alike. Undaunted by lack of funds, the sisters, imitating St. Francis himself, “walked the streets, gathering funds and supplies.” They collected $6,000 in donations and received “an equal sum” from several wealthy residents of Syracuse and its suburbs, On April 12, 1869, the sisters bought three contiguous pieces of property on Prospect Hill, in a section of town which more genteel citizens referred to as “an amusement park.” Upon the corner lot stood a two-story brick house that had been used as "a lager beer saloon." The adjoining strip of land was empty. The third lot was occupied by "a large and disreputable Saturday-night dance-house." With amazing speed, a newspaper reporter wrote approvingly, workmen "transformed a source of crime and sorrow into a temple of healing." On May 6 the hospital opened for "reception of patients." The former dance hall, converted into a ward, accommodated about fifteen patients. Five nurse-sisters of St. Francis, under the supervision of Sister M. Dominica Cumming, lived in quarters prepared for them in the house that had been a saloon.

A new edifice was constructed in the empty lot between the two refurbished buildings. Made of red bricks, it was three stories tall, the topmost floor having a Mansard roof. With the completion of this new building, toward the end of 1869, the capacity of the hospital was increased to "more than 50 patients"—and the institutional debt had been raised to $18,000. The first floor of this new structure held a reception room, nurses' office, doctors' lounge, pharmacy, and at least one operating room. A low, neat picket fence, whitewashed, enclosed the three buildings except at the portal through which people entered the central one. Female patients were safeguarded on the second and third floors, while male patients were segregated in the former dance hall. By the end of the year, 123 people had been admitted to St. Joseph's for treatment.

The only hospital in the area of Syracuse, St. Joseph's accepted patients from the general public. Even at that early date, the Sisters of St. Francis expressed their own philosophy toward the sick—as well as the seraphic saint's—when, in the charter they were required to present to the State of New York in 1870, they declared: "In the admittance and treatment of patients, no distinction shall be made because of theological belief, nationality, or color." (Source: Pilgrimage and Exile, Sister Mary Laurence Hanley & O.A. Bushnell).

Featured Gift Shop Items
Saint Marianne Commemorative Collector's Coin in Box
- Limited Edition -

This official coin was offered from Mother Marianne’s congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, to the Pope and Catholic dignitaries at her canonization, Oct. 21, 2012. 

Commemorating the Canonization of the 11th saint in U.S. history and first Franciscan saint in North America, this 2" pocket coin in collector's box is a must add to any collection.

Only 1,500 produced.
Front: First Franciscan Saint in North America, St. Marianne Cope, plumeria flowers, Mother Marianne image 
Back: Canonization October 21, 2012 and crest.
Hand-made in the U.S.A by Bliss Manufacturing.

Canonization Anniversary Sale!
Extra 10% off
ONLY $9.00 each!

10% off sale applicable to coin only. Sale ends 10/31/2022
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Special Promotion!

FREE  coloring book with any gift shop purchase.

This wonderfully illustrated coloring book created by Sister Theresa Laureta, OSF is the perfect way to introduce children to the inspirational life of Mother Marianne.

Valid 10/18-10/25. No code needed. Coloring book will automatically be included with all gift shop purchases in-store and online.
Sneak Peek: NEW Shirt Design and new color
Our popular Mother of Outcasts shirt is now available in a beautiful rust color!

Original T-Shirt Design
Mother of Outcasts
Woodblock print by
Cindy Buckley Koren 
Professor, Communications Design at the Pratt Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute

Cindy’s woodblock art print of our Beloved Mother of Outcasts was inspired by the heart-wrenching diagnosis, “Power Through It” attitude and miracle of prayer story of her dear friend. We are truly inspired by Cindy’s work and blessed to have her as a friend to the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum.

Screen printed by: The Black Arts Studio
Bella + Canvas #3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve
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Available in S-XXL

$25.00 each
We are excited to share this NEW shirt design by Artist Cindy Buckley Koren.
Screen printed by: The Black Arts Studio
Color: Deep Teal, with Metallic Gold detail incorporated into the design 
Bella + Canvas #3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve
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Available in S-XXL

$25.00 each
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We are honored to be the source of Saint Marianne Cope’s archives, museum and gift shop created by her community, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. 

Marianne’s story continues to be relevant today in her care for the sick and suffering; providing compassion and hope. Her innovations in hygiene and hospital care, patient’s rights and whole mind, body, spirit healing offer us a foundation for service in our community. The beauty and dignity that she incorporated into the lives of the patients in the hospitals where she administered and cared for the thousands suffering from leprosy (Hansen’s disease) in Hawaii reflect the faith and courage of her Franciscan values.

To share her story and carry on her legacy, we source and create merchandise to convey a dignified, accurate and inspiring message about our Saint Marianne.

We invite you to browse through our books, prints, cards, artwork, jewelry and more and hope that you are also inspired by her life of service. 

All profits from the sale of merchandise displayed in this catalog benefit the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum and its vision to educate and inspire people to incorporate empathy and compassion for all. Our merchandise is developed for you to take into your community and spread these values to promote kindness, peace and unity.
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