Bishop Larry said Mass on Friday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace on Friday, May 14. It was a celebration of the life of Mother Marianne Cope. Being the feast of St. Matthias, the Mass was all the more special. The presence of the Sisters of St. Francis, of course, added joy to the occasion.
Mother Marianne’s generosity and courage were celebrated at her May 14, 2005 beatification in Rome. She was a woman who spoke “the language of truth and love” to the world, said Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. Cardinal Martins, who presided at the beatification Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, called her life “a wonderful work of divine grace.” Speaking of her special love for persons suffering from leprosy, he said, “She saw in them the suffering face of Jesus. Like the Good Samaritan, she became their mother.”