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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.
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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




In the interest of health and safety of our staff and our community, appointments are now required to visit the museum and gift shop.
Please call or email and leave a message as to when you'd like to visit and please specify if you are coming solely to shop.
Messages will be retrieved during regular business hours; Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm. We will return your message to confirm your scheduled visit. Thank you for your cooperation.

2021 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 Students, scholars, enthusiasts, and members of the community are welcome to view our historical documents and artifacts up close.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.

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