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St. Marianne Cope

St. Marianne Cope was born in western Germany in 1838. She entered religious life in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1862. She served as a teacher and principal in several schools in the state and established two of the first hospitals in the central New York area: St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.In 1883, Mother Marianne’s community was the only one of fifty to respond positively to an emissary from Hawaii who requested Catholic sisters to provide health care on the Hawaiian Islands, especially to those with leprosy.Over the next five years, St. Marianne set up a system of long-term education and care for her patients. She ministered to patients at Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai. Her time of service overlapped with the last years of St. Damien of Molokai, a priest who served victims of Hansen’s disease and himself died of leprosy.St. Marianne promised her sisters that none of them would ever contract the disease. To this day, no sister has. Her care earned her the affectionate title “beloved mother of the outcasts.� She died in 1918 and was beatified on May 14, 2005 and canonized on October 21, 2012, both by Pope Benedict XVI."At a time when little could be done for those suffering from this terrible disease, Marianne Cope showed the highest love, courage and enthusiasm," Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily during the Mass for her canonization. "She is a shining and energetic example of the best of the tradition of Catholic nursing sisters and of the spirit of her beloved Saint Francis."

Marching for Life

Hello and welcome! Last Thursday I was invited to be part of the Flatley Scholars dinner at the Harvard Club in Boston. There, they brought together three of the Flatley Scholars and their families who are studying at the Catholic University of America. Since I am on the board of Catholic University, they asked me […]

On retreat with the U.S. bishops

Hello and welcome, As many of you may know, for much of this past week I was on retreat with the bishops of the United States at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago. There were about 250 bishops in attendance with us, which is about the number that would normally attend our plenary session […]

Welcoming the New Year

Hello and Happy New Year! Here in Boston, we have the beautiful custom of ending the old year and beginning the New Year in church. So, on New Year’s Eve, I went to St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine for the archdiocese’s annual New Year’s Eve Vigil and Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of […]

Christmas Celebrations

Hello and welcome! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas! Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, I went to Holy Family Parish in Dorchester to celebrate the Spanish Mass with the community there. One of the things I talked about in my homily was Las Posadas, the wonderful Spanish Advent tradition in which a […]

The Encuentro Juvenil

Hello and welcome! Saturday, I celebrated the wedding Mass of Manuel and Ester Reyes at Our Lady the Assumption Parish in East Boston. Ester is the daughter of Antonio and Reyes Enrique. It was a very beautiful wedding. Because Ester’s family is from Spain, we used the Iberian Mozarabic ritual, which reminded me very much […]

Advent in Rome

Hello and welcome! This week, I have been in Rome for meetings of the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father on the reform of the Roman Curia. I arrived in Rome on Saturday, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a holiday in Italy and has many traditions […]

Beginning Advent

Hello and welcome! Friday, I went to the IBEW Hall in Dorchester for the Labor Guild’s annual Cushing-Gavin Awards Dinner.We are very proud of the work that has been done by the Labor Guild, which is one of the very important initiatives begun by Cardinal Cushing. Historically, the Church in the United States, since the […]

Presenting our Cheverus Awards

Hello and welcome! Saturday I went to our Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Brookline to celebrate the Rite of Candidacy of two seminarians. We celebrated the Vigil Mass of Christ the King at which Eric Gonzalez and Fernando Vivas were admitted to candidacy. At the conclusion of the Mass, we carried the Blessed Sacrament to the […]

Our Social Justice Convocation

Hello and welcome! In the United States, one of the most beautiful national celebrations that we observe is Thanksgiving. This beloved holiday recalls the early pilgrims who arrived in New England and, after surviving the ravages of winter with the help of the local indigenous population, had a great celebration to give thanks to God […]