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      Soon-to-be Saint Marianne Cope honored in Syracuse

      Mother Marianne Cope

      Two special celebrations are being held Monday for a local woman who will soon be recognized as a saint.

      Blessed Mother Marianne Cope helped establish St. Joseph's Hospital in 1869. It was the first hospital in Syracuse.

      On Monday, employees at St. Joe's are holding a ceremony to remember Cope.

      Mother Cope is also recognized for leading a group of Franciscan Sisters to care for lepers on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai in 1883. She ministered there for four decades until her death in 1918.

      Also, the Franciscan Motherhouse on Syracuse's northside is offering a special mass at 7 p.m. which will include a new song dedicated to the Syracuse saint.

      The Vatican says Cope's first miracle happened in Syracuse in 1992. At the time, Kate Mahoney was just 14 and dying from cancer at Crouse Hospital.

      Speaking exclusively with CNY Central's Chris McGrath, Mahoney said her stage four ovarian cancer turned into a full organ shutdown.

      "All of the stats and doctors believed that I would not survive -- that there would be no medical reason for me to survive," she said.

      But then something happened.

      T he Sisters of Saint Francis came to her bedside -- and along with family and friends -- started praying to Mother Marianne Cope.

      I n a matter of days, Kate made a stunning recovery.

      "M y discharge report said 'there is no medical reason for her to be alive,'" she said.

      Cope was declared a Saint in December after the Vatican recognized her with performing a second miracle surrounding the recovery of a woman hospitalized for nearly a year with a life-threatening infection.

      Mother Cope will be canonized later this year.

      "I didn't need the official declaration. For me -- that's who she is," Mahoney said. "But I think it's wonderful that it happened."