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Today, compassion is needed more than ever. The lack of social interaction training within our current digital and success-driven world has left a gap in the skills of relationship building and empathy. Results of this gap have increased issues of bullying, racism, prejudice and compromised business reputations, effective customer service, effective caregiving and volunteerism.  

What is Empathy?
Understanding “what empathy is” is the first step. Our goal is to not only share techniques to practice empathy but also how to react and act effectively for the benefit of your customer, client, student, patient, peer, employee or friend. Learning how to practice and utilize empathy allows us to share effective compassion with others while also providing self-actualization, stress management and personal success. 

Our Goals
The Museum created in Marianne’s honor has asked “how can we be of service to our community?” and how can we carry on the legacy of Marianne and her religious sisters?

​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.

While your visit to the shrine & museum might look a little different, the opportunity for peaceful contemplation and historical inspiration is still the same. We ask you to work together with us to keep the shrine and museum a safe space for yourself, for all visitors, and for our staff. Click here to learn about the changes to visitor experience.

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Remember to be supportive, be careful, and be alert. Respond with kindness & empathy. We are in this together — let’s move forward with the best version of ourselves. Wishing you peace, joy and good health.

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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.


Saint Marianne Cope Museum
​601 North Townsend St.

Syracuse, N.Y. 13203




*  Our hours have temporarily changed
Monday          By Appointment
Tuesday          10am - 2pm

Wednesday   10am - 2pm

Thursday       10am - 2pm 

Friday             By Appointment

​Saturday        By Appointment
​Sunday            Closed

If you would like to schedule

an appointment or visit any other time, please call or email us and we will try to make arrangements.


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.

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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.