St. Marianne Cope

Saint Marianne Cope was a 19th-century German-American Franciscan nun who dedicated her life to caring for people with leprosy (Hansen's disease). She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Syracuse, New York, and spent many years ministering to leprosy patients in Hawaii. Mother Marianne, as she was known, established a hospital and a home for girls on the island of Molokai, where she worked alongside St. Damien of Molokai. She is remembered for her compassion, courage, and commitment to serving those who were marginalized and suffering. Saint Marianne Cope was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.

Feast Day is on January 23
Patronage: Lepers, outcasts, those with HIV/AIDS, and the Hawaiian Island