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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, July 29, 2006

Chapel's name will honor Cope

St. Francis Medical Center's renovated chapel will be named for Blessed Marianne Cope.

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St. Francis Medical Center's recently renovated chapel will be renamed after Mother Marianne Cope known as Blessed Marianne since her beatification last year.

Dedication of the Mother Marianne Cope Chapel will be Aug. 9; the 2,500-square-foot chapel was formerly known as Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. The ceremony will begin with a 10 a.m. Mass said by the Rev. Marc Alexander, diocesan vicar general.

After arriving in the Islands in 1883 and spending the following three decades caring for the ill here, Cope like Blessed Father Damien, Hawai'i's other notable Roman Catholic figure on the way to sainthood made her way to Kalaupapa, where Hansen's disease patients were being isolated. There, Cope supervised homes for girls as well as for boys; she also had opened a home for children of Hansen's disease patients on O'ahu and a hospital on Maui. Cope died in 1918.

In 2005, Mother Marianne was beatified, the last formal step before sainthood.

Chapel renovation work for the 2,500-square-foot chapel ranged from new carpet and paint to refinished pews. Flooring was replaced, as well.

Information: 547-6421.


Hospice expert William Colby will discuss ethics and end of life issues in two public forums, on O'ahu and the Big Island.

Colby, a senior fellow of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, wrote "Long Goodbye: The Deaths of Nancy Cruzan" and "Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America."

Details of the free forums, "From Cruzan to Schiavo: What Have We Learned?":

  • 5 p.m. Friday at John A. Burns School of Medicine, 651 Ilalo St., medical education building, third floor auditorium; registration required: Rachael Wong, Kokua Mau, 585-9977.

  • 9 a.m. Aug. 5 at Hilo Medical Center. To RSVP , contact Hospice of Hilo at (808) 969-1733 or hospice@hospiceofhilo.org.


    The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet will celebrate their Founders' Day with an auction and luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki.

    There are 34 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Hawai'i serving in the the fields of education, social ministry, diocesan administrative positions and various parish ministries.

    Tickets for the lunch are $45.

    Information: Sister Marian, 373-3850.