2023 goals

We are working to establish our Empathy in Action educational programs into the central New York community. Working with partners and professionals in health, mental and spiritual care, we are launching a menu of programs that teach every person how to incorporate Franciscan values into their everyday lives and work. We are offering workshops, retreats and presentations; open to the public plus custom programs for non-profit leaders, managers, volunteers and staff.
​Saint Marianne’s story becomes a backdrop for the lives and service of all the Sisters of St. Francis and their ministries. Through these programs we hope to expand and enrich the community conscience of presence, service, compassionate empathy and, fully commit to provide respect and dignity for every person through all of life’s challenges.

you're invited: Christmas Open House

Our Saint's Birthday and Feast Day: january 23

Connecting Hearts and Minds to Empower a Movement

The Sisters of St. Francis “live” compassionate empathy. While Saint Marianne and her sisters dedicated their lives in service to others, we can learn from their example how to practice effective empathy and incorporate it into our daily lives. Our goal is to teach and spread the practice of empathy and challenge our community to be a kinder and gentler place to live, work and grow. 
Visit empathyinactioncny.org for more information.​ 

We are honored to be the source of Saint Marianne Cope’s archives, museum and gift shop created by her community, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.  To share her story and carry on her legacy, we source and create merchandise to convey a dignified, accurate and inspiring message about our Saint Marianne. We invite you to browse through our books, prints, cards, artwork, jewelry and more and hope that you are also inspired by her life of service. 

All profits from the sale of merchandise benefit the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum and its vision to educate and inspire people to incorporate empathy and compassion for all. Our merchandise is developed for you to take into your community and spread these values to promote kindness, peace and unity.

Please join us on Saturday, December 2 to experience the joy and wonder of the holiday season with the inspiration of Saint Marianne Cope. Our Christmas Open House will give our friends a festive opportunity to visit on a Saturday. We will kick-off with a tree lighting in our second gallery. Celebrate with us and have a merry time filled with prayer, music, delicious goodies and more! Our gift shop will be open with special sales to find the perfect inspirational gifts for everyone on your list! Free parking will be available in the St. Joseph’s Hospital garage across from our garden.

Saint Marianne gift shop

empathy in action

Saint Marianne Cope

A Sister of St. Francis, Marianne was canonized Oct. 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North America to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. A woman of great valor, this beloved mother of outcasts, spent her early years in central New York where she served as a leader in the field of health care, education and of her own congregation. Responding to a call to care for the poor sick on the then Sandwich Islands, she devoted 35 years to caring for those afflicted with Hansen’s disease on Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii.

​Museum Location
Saint Marianne Cope Museum
​601 North Townsend St.

Syracuse, N.Y. 13203



​Museum Hours
Monday - Saturday
By Appointment 

To schedule an appointment, 
click here or call 315.422.7999; dial 4.

If the time or date you would like to visit is unavailable online; please contact us directly and we will do our best to accommodate.

Gift Shop Hours

Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday 

Monday - Saturday
By Appointment 

2023 SAINT MARIANNE COPE Shrine & Museum

Saint Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities


We are excited to offer a space in our museum dedicated to the research of our Saint Marianne Cope archival materials. Students, scholars, enthusiasts, and members of the community are welcome to view our historical documents and artifacts up close. Access to the research space can be arranged by appointment only.

gift shop


the shrine and museum offers official merchandise from Mother Marianne’s congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities including: medals, prayer cards, books, statues, mugs, note cards, collectibles and more. Through your purchase, you will not only be celebrating the legacy of Mother Marianne, but you’ll be supporting the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities who continue her mission in the world today.  Visit our online gift shop.


in our effort to spread the message and legacy of saint marianne cope , we welcome GROUP tours. groups of 50 or less can be accommodated and reservations must be made two weeks in advance of the desired tour date. PRESENTATIONS CAN also BE MADE AT YOUR SITE. contact us for details.

​Visit www.empathyinactioncny.org for more information on our empathy presentations.