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Relic of Blessed Marianne Cope coming to Maui

By Staff | May 5, 2011

KAHULUI — At the request of Bishop Larry Silva of the Diocese of Honolulu, the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, N.Y., will give a first-class relic of Blessed Marianne Cope to the Diocese of Honolulu.

Blessed Marianne is, after St. Damien, Hawaii’s second candidate for sainthood. She succeeded Father Damien as the guiding force of the Hansen’s disease settlement in Kalaupapa, Molokai, from 1889 until her death there in 1918.

Sister Patricia Burkard, general minister of the Mother Marianne’s religious community, the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Neumann Communities, will bring the relic — bone fragments from Blessed Marianne’s remains — to Hawaii.

The relic will begin a tour of the islands on May 6, stopping at selected churches for veneration and mass, before it is put on permanent display in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace on May 13. May 14 is the sixth anniversary of Mother Marianne’s beatification in Rome.

Sister Patricia will speak at the mass on Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Church in Kahului.