Today I am speaking with Kate Houck, Executive Director of David's Refuge. Caring and providing resources for caregivers has new and unique challenges in this time of self-isolation. Isolating a family who cares for a child with special needs or a medical condition can bring additional pressures to an already trying situation. Kate and her staff are adapting their services to most help their families. They are an inspiration. Learn more at and join in and be a part of their "Be the Light" campaign this week.

Finding joy, being grateful and having hope. Marianne and the sisters believe in whole mind, body and spirit healing. In addition to medical comfort, the patients they cared for in isolation were provided a community of opportunities to live a full life with education, crafts, music and celebration. We know from this history that joy can be found during the most fearful times, and that joy and gratefulness can nurture hope.

“Let us make best use of the fleeting moments. They will not return."    Mother Marianne 1905

present to the moments

We can all make a difference. Have hope. 


First in a series of interviews with CNY EIA (in this case; Empathetic, Intelligent and Amazing) role models. We will learn how they incorporate empathy into business and day to day life during these times that can be stressful and frustrating.

Kristin is joined by Kate D. Mahoney; author, speaker, patient advocate and friend. One way to get to know Kate better is reading her book Misfit Miracle Girl; Candid Reflections. Available in our gift shop.


april 2020

As devoted stewards of Saint Marianne Cope's life and legacy our mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret and share Saint Marianne's inspiring story as a Sister of St. Francis.

Receiving and sharing our news means that you are also involved in helping spread the legacy of Saint Marianne and The Sisters of Saint Francis.

Kristin Barrett-Anderson, executive director of the  Shrine & Museum, recorded a reflection on Marianne, her story and her legacy, so important in these days of hand-washing, self-care and isolation. With the museum closed to the public for the foreseeable future, Kristin will virtually share reflections from exhibits at the shrine and museum.  

thinking about marianne these days...

video series

Marianne: Beauty & Dignity

Empathy in action interview series

kate houck: executive director, david's refuge

A heart-to-heart with Marianne

Quarantine and social distancing have now become commonplace globally as concerted efforts are made to fight the spiraling coronavirus outbreak. We have been making the most of technology to stay in touch with colleagues, friends and family via phone calls, texts, social media and video conferencing. We ask you to join us in focusing on positivity in our communities and by taking it one day at a time. We must be "Present to the Moments" and know that this stressful time is not permanent.

kate mahoney: speaker, author, patient advocate