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The Hawaiian Islands were an independent kingdom when, in 1883, Mother Marianne Cope, the provincial of the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse, New York, was asked to send sisters to care for the Islands' sick poor, particularly the victims of Hansen's disease. She answered, "I desire to accept this work in the name of the great Saint Francis." That year, she personally led the first group of six sisters to Hawaii.
Mother Marianne never returned to Syracuse; she remained in the Islands for the rest of her life. She cared for people in Honolulu, Wailuku, Maui, and finally in Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai.
In 1974, the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints granted the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse permission to gather and submit preliminary research on the life and virtues of Mother Marianne. In 1980, Bishop John Scanlan of Honolulu appointed a historical commission to collect all available documents concerning Mother Marianne for submission to Rome, a major step toward her beatification. Pilgrimage and Exile, the fruit of this careful research, is the inspiring story of a great and holy woman, who lived a life of extraordinary dedication, sacrifice, and faith. The "beloved mother of outcasts," Mother Marianne Cope, was proclaimed Blessed under the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI on May 14, 2005.
Softcover. 417 pages. Includes black and white archive photographs.
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