Saint Marianne grew up in Utica, and became a Sister of Saint Francis in Syracuse in the mid-1800's. She was the principal founder of St. Joseph's Hospital and spent the last 35 years of her life caring for dying lepers on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai.
Two miracle medical recoveries during the last two decades in Onondaga County have been attributed to Mother Marianne's intercession.
Saint Kateri is the first ever Native American saint. She was a 17th century Mohawk, born near present-day Albany, who embraced Catholicism in the face of stiff persecution from her own people, and died at the age of 24. Ever since, countless healings and other small miracles have been attributed to Kateri by believers.
Native Americans and others have been petitioning and praying for her canonization since 1880.
Marianne, the Beloved Mother of Outcasts, and Kateri, the Lily of the Mohawks, are only the 11th and 12th Americans to be canonized as saints in the history of the Catholic Church.
For more information, visit www.saintmariannecope.org
NewsChannel 9's Dan Cummings is at the Vatican covering the Canonization of two saints from Upstate New York, including CNY's own Mother Marianne Cope