Remains of St. Marianne Cope home at lastUPDATED 8:33 PM HST Jul 31, 2014Video Transcript
An inspiration in her time and ours. With that message, Bishop Larry Silva blessed the return of the remains of St. Marianne Cope in a ceremonial welcome and mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. It's all new tonight at 6. The sisters of her order, the women inspired by her works to enter into the religious life, carried St. Marianne to her final resting place. LIKE YOUR MOTHER'S RETURNING. NOW WE CAN SHARE HER WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD HERE IN HAWAII. WE'LL BE INSPIRED BY HER LOVE OF THE LORD JESUS AND INSPIRED BY HER DEVOTION TO CARE FOR THOSE MOST IN NEED. Mother Marianne died in 1918 and was interred at Kalaupapa. 9 years ago, her casket was unearthed, and after a farewell mass in this same cathedral, was sent to Syracuse New York. And now she returns. SO WHY HAS HAWAII'S 2ND SAINT BEEN GAINING SUCH FREQUENT FLYER MILEAGE THESE PAST 9 YEARS? IT HAS TO DO WITH THE PROCESS OF CANONIZATIO N. WHEN A CANDIDAE IS CLOSE TO BEING NAMED A SAINT, HIS OR HER REMAINS BECOME RELICS, OBJECTS TO BE VENERATED. And just as Damien's remains were unearthed from Kalaupapa and sent back to Belgium, Marianne's casket was sent to her mother house in Syracuse, where it rested in the convent chapel. But now the 18th century brownstone is crumbling, and the remaining nuns re-located to more modern facilities... which do not include a place for a reliquary. Today's mass drew representatives of the Vatican and descendants here and on the east coast. SHE'S HOME. SHE'S WHERE SHE BELONGS. AND I LOVE THE IDEA OF COMING BACK TO HAWAII TO VISIT HER. I'M SURRPISED THE BISHOP OF SYRACUSE ALLOWED HER REMAINS TO COME HERE. BUT I'M PLEASED THEY'RE HERE. And among the first to give her homage, the patients of Kalaupapa. SHE REPRESENTS THE PEOPLE WHO WENT BEFORE ME. SHE TOOK CARE OF A LOT OF THEM. For now her remains will lie beneath her picture near the cathedral apse. But in a year and half, when the building is renovated, she will lay in a shrine to be excavated beneath the floor. AS SAINT IS UNIVERSALLY PRAYED TO AND ADMIRED AND LOVED. BUT FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AMERICA WE NOW HAVE THE FIRST SAINT WHO IS ENSHRINED IN THE CATHEDRAL,THE MOTHER CHURCH OF A DIOCESE. The state legislature has designated Marianne's birthday, January 23rd, as St. Marianne Cope Day in Hawaii.