SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - A pilgrimage group from Hawaii attended mass at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption on Saturday to honor a woman who is set to be canonized at the Vatican next week.
Mother Marianne Cope, a Syracuse Sister of Saint Francis, will be canonized at the Vatican on Sunday, October 21st
For the last 35 years of her life, Saint Marianne cared for dying lepers on the Hawaiian island of Molokai.
Among the group from Hawaii who made the pilgrimage on Saturday were some of the patients who still live on Molokai, several generations after leprosy was eradicated with the advent of effective antibiotics.
On Sunday, the Hawaiian pilgrims will tour other places of significance in the life of Saint Marianne, both in Syracuse and in Utica, where she lived until the age of 24.
Bishop Larry Silva, of the Honolulu Diocese, told NewsChannel 9 that he has a great devotion to Mother Marianne.
“I think she’s a great inspiration to people who reach out to the poor, the hungry, the sick and we certainly need to reach out to those folks these days and we need role models for that,” said Bishop Larry Silva of the Honolulu Diocese.
On Monday, the Hawaiian pilgrims will leave Syracuse for Rome for next Sunday’s canonization of Mother Marianne Cope.
NewsChannel 9's Dan Cummings will also be at the Vatican for this historical event.
Look for Dan's reports starting Thursday on NewsChannel 9. For more information on the canonization of Marianne Cope and Kateri Tekakwitha, click here