Saint Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum finds new home at St. Joe's

Saint Marianne Cope shrine.

The Saint Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum has a new home at St. Joe's Hospital.

The shrine and museum was recently relocated to the hospital from its longtime location at St. Anthony's Chapel on the North Side.

Sister Geraldine Ching of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities says St. Joe's Hospital is a fitting location for the new shrine, since Saint Marianne, a Utica native, was instrumental in the hospitals founding.

"Since Saint Marianne is one of our members, we are definitely proud of her life and what she has done and what the church has said she has done," she says.

The new shrine and museum tell the story of Saint Marianne's journey from Central New York to a remote leper colony called "Kalaupapa" on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in the late 19th century.

Saint Marianne would spend the rest of her life on Kalaupapa caring for those suffering from leprosy.

Sister Ching says she and her fellow sisters hope the new shrine and museum will not only educate visitors about the remarkable life of Saint Marianne, but inspire them as well.

"Families will certainly not only gain knowledge about St. Marianne, but will also be inspired by her life and we are hopeful they will in turn make a change in their own life so they may help other people,â?? she says.

The Saint Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum opens to the public on Tuesday July 8th.