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Virtual groundbreaking for new shrine to honor Sister Marianne Cope

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Virtual groundbreaking for new shrine to honor Sister Marianne Cope
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and the Sisters of St. Francis broke virtual ground on a new shrine and museum in honor of Saint Marianne Cope.

Cope was the former leader of the Sisters of St. Francis and was canonized as a Saint for her work with those suffering from Leprosy.

The new shrine will take shape in an abandoned building on the St. Joseph's campus, the hospital Saint Marianne Cope managed.

The Sisters of St. Francis hope people will see the natural connection between the hospital and Cope.

"And how she was so instrumental leading the community, our sisters, at this time, to be concerned about the care of people, and making sure that they got quality care. And, that everybody got quality care. Not just the few and the rich," said Sister Roberta Smith, Sisters of St. Francis General Minister.

No specific date has been announced but the museum is expected to open sometime this summer.

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