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Local Legacy of Saint Lives On

Play based on life of Sister Marianne Cope

There have only been 11 Americans canonized as saints, and one is a native Central New Yorker whose legacy lives on through the newly revised production and one woman play titled “November’s Song.” 

Saint Marianne Cope, also known as Saint Marianne of Molokaʻi, was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis and spearheaded the start of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica and St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse. Kristin Barrett-Anderson is the Director of the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum and she said she's on a mission to share Saint Marianne's story with every generation. Actress Aubrey Panek is part of that mission. Together they've collaborated on a historically inspiring story of Saint Marianne through the play. 

Saint Marianne was an administrator at St. Joseph's Hospital for seven years before answering a call from Hawaiian royalty to care for thousands of patients exiled with Hansen's Disease, also known as Leprosy. She spent 35 years of her life caring for patients on Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii. She believed that everyone needed the same quality of care and helped pioneer rules for patient’s rights and cleanliness practices. 

In 2012, she was canonized and declared a Saint at the Vatican. The sisters built the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum to share her legacy in Syracuse. 

"November's Song" will play on stage at Le Moyne College at the W. Carroll Coyne Theatre Wednesday, November 8th at 7:30pm.Tickets are $20. For more information call (315) 445-4200 or visit

You can also visit Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum at 601 North Townsend St. Syracuse, N.Y. 13203. Museum Hours are

  • Tuesday 10am - 3pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 3pm
  • Thursday 1pm - 4pm (quiet for prayer)
  • Friday: 10am - 3pm​

For more information call the museum at (315) 422-7999.

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